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Please plan on attending the 2015 MyRWA Annual Meeting on Monday, October 19th at Tufts University. We are honored to have US Congressman Michael Capuano join us as Keynote Speaker. The Congressman will share his unique perspective on watershed protection efforts and his vision for the Mystic River Watershed. The evening's program will also include an entertaining update from MyRWA Executive Director, EkOngKar Singh Khalsa, an awards ceremony and voting for the 2015-2016 slate of Board of Directors. Read more here.
As part of MyRWA's monthly Committee Meeting on October 6th we will be joined by Jordan Zimmerman, an architect with Arrowstreet, who will present the findings of the East Boston Advancing Resiliency Report. The report is a publication of the Urban Land Institute Boston/New England chapter. Come hear about how we can prepare for rising sea levels in our communities at this free meeting, beginning at 7 p.m.
MyRWA, together with the EPA, has developed a new grading system for the yearly EPA-issued Mystic River Water Quality Report Card. The new grading system provides a more nuanced understanding and description of water quality conditions based on specific water body.
MyRWA’s policy committee recently submitted comments on the Second Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Report (SSFEIR) filed for the proposed Wynn Resort Casino Everett. MyRWA is encouraged by the Proponent’s approach to site remediation, planning and design, which includes MyRWA’s suggested “living shoreline,” and by the stated commitment of the Wynn Resorts development team to set high standards of excellence with regard to environmental protection and restoration. Read the MyRWA comment letter and the Aug. 29 Boston Globe article.
The 2015 Herring Monitoring Program is finished for the season! Volunteers performed 680 ten minute observations and counted 57,617 fish. The observations and counted fish are plugged into a sophisticated model developed by the Division of Marine Fisheries that yields the population estimate of 477,827 +/- 40,674 for 2015. Thank you to our many monitors who helped make this program a huge success.
Is it safe to swim? What about boating? MyRWA monitors water quality throughout the watershed and is working to make the data more accessible. Using Tableau, we’ve just begun to translate the data. Please explore and let us know how we are doing!