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How can you assign a value to a healthy environment? Are you curious about how ecosystem services analysis or other tools in environmental economics could be applied to the Mystic? Please plan on joining Nejem Raheem, Associate Professor in the Department Of Marketing Communication at Emerson College at the Mystic River Watershed Association’s July 5th Committee Meeting. Nejem Raheem has over 10 years of experience as an environmental economist.
Mystic River Water Quality Grade Announced
For the second year the US EPA issued localized water quality grades to provide information on how frequently Mystic waterbodies meet standards for swimming and boating. We are pleased to share that the Mystic River (fresh and salt water sections) received an A- , the Mystic Lakes an A+ and Chelsea Creek an A-. These water bodies meet bacteria standards for swimming and boating on average greater than 85% of the time. That's right -the Mystic River is a great place to go boating and the Mystic Lakes are a great place for a swim! The grade also shows that much work lies ahead in realizing the promise of the Clean Water Act in many of our water bodies. For example, the Malden River is a C, the Aberjona River is a C+ and Alewife Brook is a D. Please explore conditions and read the US EPA press release. View a map here.
More than 80 volunteers are counting herring at the Mystic Lakes Dam as part of MyRWA's Herring Monitoring Program. The results so far indicate another strong migration. As of June 7th 56,796 herring have been counted, which is similar to last years numbers at this date.
Gather your employees for a fun day on the Mystic River this summer! Community and corporate groups of up to 100 hand-pull water chestnut from canoes during this rewarding stewardship event. A four hour event has tremendous impact, visibly clearing the river of the invasive weed. All materials are provided. For more information contact Veronique at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-316-3438.
Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) announced a major lawsuit against ExxonMobil for its decades-long climate deceit on May 17th. This is the first lawsuit against ExxonMobil since revelations last September that the corporation has engaged in a deliberate cover-up of sound climate science for over thirty years. The Mystic River Watershed Association and Chelsea Green Space joined Campbell at the press conference. MyRWA Executive Director, EkOngKar Singh Khalsa expressed his disappointment at learning that ExxonMobil is violating its own Federal stormwater permit and discharging pollution to the Mystic River. “The Mystic is seeing a revitalization – we have a strong herring migration underway and new developments connecting people to this natural resource. It is unfair that ExxonMobil puts this progress in jeopardy. We are grateful that CLF is holding ExxonMobil accountable for its actions and for CLF’s promise to help protect the Mystic River.” Read more.
Join MyRWA on Saturday June 18th for a community water chestnut event at the Arlington Reservoir. Volunteers are needed to hand-pull this invasive plant from canoes and to assist on land. All supplies are provided for this family-friendly event. Space is limited – registration coming soon.
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!