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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.
Vote Yes on 2: Updating the Bottle Bill
MyRWA, along with more than 100 other organizations and Governor Deval Patrick, has endorsed the Bottle Bill. A YES vote on Question 2 on November 4th will update the 1982 Bottle Bill to include five cent deposits on water bottles and sports drinks. This will increase recycling rates and help prevent plastic bottles from ending up in our parks and waterways. Plastic bottles are the most common item at Mystic River cleanups – please consider voting yes on question 2 to help cleanup the Mystic!
Wynn Development on the Mystic River
On Oct. 28th at a forum sponsored by the Mystic River Watershed Association more than 130 people gathered to learn more about environmental issues associated with the proposed Wynn Resort development project on the banks of the Mystic River in Everett. Representatives from the Wynn Resorts development team outlined site remediation plans – estimated to reach nearly $30 million – as well as open space considerations, a living shoreline approach and building efficiency measures.
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.
Annual Meeting Focuses on Successes, the Future
On October 16th more than 55 people headed to Tufts University for the 2014 Annual Meeting. Keynote speaker Representative Denise Provost spoke about what it takes to clean a river, while presentations were also given by MyRWA Executive Director and MyRWA President. An awards ceremony celebrated the dedication of our volunteers. Thanks to all who attended!
Combatting Invasive Species
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.
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.