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Jan 6
Committee Meeting, 7-9PM
Tufts University, Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room
*Guest speaker: Mass Division of Marine Fisheries will present about the Mystic River herring run

Jan 22
Friends of the Malden River meeting, 6:30-8:00PM
location to be determined

Welcome! Here's what's new at MyRWA...

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.



We believe in the right to clean water and a healthy environment. We believe the Mystic River, Mystic Lakes and its tributaries are a beautiful and valuable natural resource for the greater Boston area. We work hard to fight for the cleanup of this river system, and are now asking you to join us in this fight by making a special end of year donation. Please help us achieve our end of year membership goal of $25,000 to propel us into 2015. Thank you for all that you do.




Bacterial conditions in the Mystic River Watershed. Click to enlarge.The Mystic River Watershed water quality earned a report card grade of “D” for calendar year 2013. The grade is based on bacterial contamination found in analyzed samples that were collected by MyRWA volunteers at 15 monitoring sites throughout the entire watershed. While water quality in the main stem of the Mystic River from Medford to Boston Harbor has been consistently good, a majority of the data collected in the tributary streams that feed the Mystic River indicate that water quality in those areas has remained poor. During 2013, the Mystic River Watershed met state water quality standards for boating 83% of the time, while swimming standards were met only 49% of the time.

Read more about the EPA issued grade here.


Employment Opportunity

The Mystic River Watershed Association seeks a part-time outreach coordinator to plan key events, recruit and manage volunteers and develop e-communications. On-site training will be provided for this temporary position. The candidate will work collaboratively with staff and volunteers as well as independently. Deadline to apply is January 11, 2015. Read more here.


MyRWA Selected as Root Cause Social Innovator!

Root Cause’s Social Innovation Forum has named the Mystic River Watershed Association as one of seven nonprofit organizations in Greater Boston to receive more than $135,000 in cash and capacity-building services from Root Cause and its partners. The Association was chosen to join the team of 2015 “Social Innovators” for the Urban Sustainability: Greener and More Resilient Cities social issue track, sponsored by the Schrafft Charitable Trust. The Social Innovation Forum will accelerate the performance of these innovative, results-oriented nonprofit organizations by providing financial and capacity building support along with access to a network of funders, business leaders, and social issue experts. Read more here.

Storm Sends Sewage To the Mystic

A Sanitary Sewer Overflow in Winchester MA.The Mystic River Watershed experienced significant Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) events this week – the first of its kind since March 2010. The overflows resulted from the estimated 4 inches of rain received Wednesday, December 10th, overwhelming infrastructure and forcing overflows of stormwater mixed with untreated sewage into our waterways. Storm events of this kind are expected to increase in the future, demonstrating the need to update our infrastructure to accommodate large storm events. MyRWA anticipates that a high volume of SSO water was released into the environment and will report the data once received.

Read more about Sanitary Sewer Overflows here.



On Tuesday, January 6th please plan to attend MyRWA's monthly Committee Meeting to hear from Ben Gahagan, Diadromous Fish Biologist with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Ben will provide an overview of the Mystic River herring run as well as a comparison to other runs in the area. Come learn more about these fascinating fish that call the Mystic home each spring! Join MyRWA on January 6, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., at Tufts University, Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room.


Internships Offered for 2015

MyRWA is pleased to share two internship opportunities for early 2015! The Environmental GIS Internship will assist in a project investigating relationships between water quality data from stormwater systems and features of stormwater infrastructure, land use, population, and other variables. The Herring Monitoring Program Coordinator will assist in a scientific study on river herring populations and oversee this volunteer-run program.


Support MyRWA While Shopping at

Did you know you can support MyRWA while shopping at AmazonSmile - at no cost to you? The next time you visit Amazon, be sure to designate the Mystic River Watershed Association as the recipient organization of AmazonSmile's donations. Just visit AmazonSmile to start. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to MyRWA with no cost to you. Thanks for your support!


Combatting Invasive Species

Photo by David Mussina, 2013.

For the fifth year MyRWA and partners worked together to remove the invasive water chestnut from the Mystic River. We had 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.

Learn more about Viridian Energy and sign up today!



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