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The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) works to protect and improve environmental conditions for the more than one half million residents within the 22 community Mystic River Watershed. Read more here.
MARCH 3RD: 2015 WATER CHESTNUT STRATEGY
Join MyRWA’s Patrick Herron for a presentation on the Association’s popular Water Chestnut Removal Program. Patrick will provide an overview of the program which began in 2010 and detail MyRWA’s approach to tackling this invasive plant for 2015. Patrick’s presentation will be followed by the Policy and Clean Water Campaign meetings at 7:45 p.m. The meeting is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.
Tuesday, March 3rd, 7-9 p.m., Tufts University, Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room, 10 Upper Campus Road, Medford, MA
RETURNING LIFE TO THE ABERJONA
Please join MyRWA and Sustainable Winchester for an evening about blueback and alewife herring! We'll provide an update on the possibility of installing a fish ladder at the Center Falls dam and the results of a two-year herring habitat study of the Aberjona River conducted by the Mystic River Watershed Association and funded by the En Ka Society. Also of discussion will be the possibility of day-lighting the Aberjona River. We'll conclude the evening by screening a short film, "The Mystic Herring Run: The Return of 2012 and Beyond" by Shervin A. Arya.
Find out more and register for this (free) event here - space is limited!
VOLUNTEER TO COUNT FISH!
MyRWA will launch the fourth year of the Herring Monitoring Program on April 1st. Volunteer herring monitors are needed to count fish for a ten minute slot at the DCR Upper Mystic Lake Dam in Medford. Training will be held on Saturday, March 21st from 10am until noon at the Medford Boat Club. Read more and sign-up as a herring monitor here.
Looking for a summer Internship?
MyRWA is looking for two summer Water Quality Monitoring Interns to assist in a water quality monitoring program from late May through August. This is a part-time position that will work in the field as well as in the office. Deadline to apply is March 15.
2014 Year In Review Now Available
The Mystic River Watershed Association maintained its core water quality monitoring programs, water chestnut removal efforts, and outreach and education programs in 2014, while adding new and exciting projects and initiatives. We hope you'll enjoy reading about some of the highlights of the year in our Annual Report. Thanks to the many supporters that make this work possible!
MYSTIC RIVER WATER QUALITY COMMISSION ESTABLISHED
MyRWA is inspired that the state legislature has acted to empanel a commission to investigate water quality conditions in the Mystic River Watershed and to determine the ways in which water quality can be improved to support a healthy ecosystem and recreational opportunities. The thirteen member commission will include one member appointed from the Mystic River Watershed Association, the US EPA, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority and members from the House and Senate, among others. MyRWA thanks the many members of the Mystic River legislative caucus and especially lead sponsors of the bill, Representative Denise Provost and Senator Pat Jehlen. Read more here, read the Bill here.
Combatting Invasive Species
For the fifth year MyRWA and partners worked together to remove the invasive water chestnut from the Mystic River. 2014 was the most productive year yet with 6,603 baskets of water chestnuts hand-pulled from the Mystic by 941 volunteers! An additional 1,000 tons have been removed by the mechanical harvester. Read more about the Water Chestnut Removal Project here. Watch this video from Somerville Neighborhood News.
Explore Your Local Water Quality!
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!
MyRWA Partners with Viridian Energy
Doug Turner, a former MyRWA Board member, is now working hard to bring financial benefit to MyRWA through Viridian Energy. MyRWA is proud to support sustainable energy sourcing and use through Viridian. This unique program provides you the opportunity to sign up for greener energy at affordable prices, while also helping MyRWA earn money to support our mission and programs.