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Sept 1
Committee Meeting, 7-9PM

Arlington Town Hall, 730 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington - Selectmen's Hearing Room, 2nd floor
Guest speaker: Eric Halvorsen will present MAPC's 2014 Metro North Land Use Priority Plan

Sept 10
Water Trouble Forum, 7PM
Winn Brook School, 97 Waterhouse Rd, Belmont

Sept 12
Mare Liberum journey down the Mystic, 11AM

Sept 14
Friends of the Malden River meeting, 6:30PM
Cambridge Health Alliance, 195 Canal St, Malden

Sept 15
Flatbread Pizza Doughraiser, 5PM-11PM
45 Day St, Somerville, MA

Sept 19
Canoe Tour (free!), 9AM
Mystic Wellington Yacht Club, Medford
Register today

Sept 22
Canoemobile
Blessing of the Bay, Somerville

Mystic River Clean Water Campaign


Water Quality Policy Statement
| Water Quality Data | Q & A | Keep it Clean | Volunteer

OVERVIEW

The Mystic River Clean Water Campaign advocates for unimpaired water quality to be established in the 22 community, Mystic River Watershed. The Clean Water Campaign is based upon the Mystic River Watershed Association's Water Quality Policy Statement, adopted in March 2012.

Thanks to 40 years of effort and results obtained from MyRWA’s certified water quality monitoring programs, water chemistry and the sources of pollution within the Mystic are now well understood. Now is the time to execute solutions.

To attain the high goals set out in the Mystic River Watershed Association’s Water Quality Policy Statement, concerted and coordinated action from residents, municipalities, regulators and legislators is required. It is important to engage all key stakeholders to develop appropriate clean-up and restoration plans and to secure funding to implement these efforts. To support this initiative, MyRWA will continue to enhance its communication programs to increase awareness of water quality challenges and opportunities in the Mystic.

 

CURRENT WORK

For the first wave of the Mystic River Clean Water Campaign, the Alewife Brook sub-watershed is the focus. The Alewife area is in need of considerable improvements. Alewife Brook impairments include consistently poor water quality, habitat deterioration, development pressures, flooding issues, sediment and flow concerns and Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs). Meanwhile, it is also an area with good work underway – the City of Cambridge and MWRA are undertaking considerable renovations to the sewer system (more info here), there are active community groups advocating for environmental concerns, and the Alewife Brook Greenway was recently completed.

In 2013, the Clean Water Campaign Committee developed educational handouts, attended community events to share water quality information and campaign goals, held various letter writing campaigns about environmental issues and provided valuable input on water quality communications.  The Committee also focused on developing awareness around Combined Sewer Overflows and suggested action items for residential and municipal in advance of, during, and after a storm. Check out our list of tips here – you might be surprised!

 

TAKE ACTION!

 

LEARN MORE

  • Read this Q&A with MyRWA's Executive Director, EK Khalsa.
  • Town of Arlington stormwater information
  • Somerville's Reducing Stormwater Pollution into the Alewife Brook brochure

Where Can Residents, Reporters, and Stakeholders Learn More About Existing Conditions?

 

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