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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.

 

Planning for Climate Change Presentation

On Tuesday, Dec. 2nd please plan to attend MyRWA’s monthly Committee Meeting to hear from John Bolduc, Environmental Planner for the City of Cambridge from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. During John’s tenure he has played a key role in alerting the City to the dangers posed by climate change and helping to fashion the City’s response: the City’s Climate Protection Plan. John’s presentation will be followed by the Policy and Clean Water Campaign meetings. This meeting is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

Join us on December 2, 7-9 p.m., at Tufts University, Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room.

 

Support MyRWA While Shopping at Amazon.com

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!

 

MyRWA Launches #Giving Tuesday

On Tuesday December 2nd global charities, families, businesses, community centers, students and more will come together to create #GivingTuesday. It's a day of giving back and MyRWA is happy to be participating! We are thankful for our dedicated members and volunteers that make our work possible. As part of #GivingTuesday, MyRWA is encouraging special donations to support our programs to protect and restore the Mystic River - and kick-off our End of Year giving! Find out more here.

 

Oaktree Appellants Award MyRWA $30K

In 2001 local community leaders litigated against construction of a large apartment complex proposed by Oaktree Developers in the Alewife area of Cambridge. While the building was ultimately constructed, Oaktree Developers paid $135,000 in mitigation funds to the Oaktree Appellants. The funds were provided to support local environmental work specific to the Alewife floodplain. The Mystic River Watershed Association is grateful to have received $30,000 of these funds on October 7, 2014. Read more here.

 

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.

 

MyRWA RECEIVES EPA URBAN WATERS GRANT

MyRWA is happy to announce that we are the recipient of a $60,000 grant through the US EPA Urban Waters Small Grants program. Through this grant MyRWA will promote green infrastructure in three environmental justice communities bordering the Malden River through education, outreach, planning charettes, GIS analysis, modeling of pollutant source and loads, development of a low impact development (LID) technical document, and analysis of zoning.

Read more here.

 

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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