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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.
Enjoy delicious pizza while supporting the Mystic River Watershed Association! This tasty fundraiser is being held at Flatbread Pizza at 45 Day St. in Davis Square, Somerville on Tuesday, June 14th. Eat at or get take-out between 5pm and 11pm and a portion of your flatbread cost will automatically be donated to MyRWA.
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 – please register today!
MyRWA is happy to announce the start our newest employee, Amber Christoffersen. Amber will serve as the Mystic Greenways Director and will manage the new Mystic Greenways Initiative which aims to revitalize our waterfront parks. Prior to joining MyRWA, she launched and led the Emerald Network, a vision for 200 miles of seamless greenways in Metro Boston. She holds a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the College of William and Mary. If you're interested in getting involved with this initiative as it develops, please sign up here.
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.
MyRWA is documenting the environmental remediation work at the Wynn Resorts site along the Mystic River in Everett. Restoration of the hazardous waste site is undeway. Check out the latest news!
MyRWA, together with the EPA, 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.
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!