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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.
Celebrate Mystic Community Earth Day!
Earth day is April 22nd, and many stewardship events are scheduled for Saturday, April 26th as part of Mystic Community Earth Day. Lend a hand to beautify your local environment! Find an event in your community here.
MyRWA is partnering with the City of Somerville, Groundwork Somerville, Gentle Giant Rowing Club and KEEN Footwear to host a river clean-up on Sat., April 26th at the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse, 32 Shore Drive, Somerville. All supplies will be provided. Parking will be permitted on Shore Drive for this event. RSVP and share this event on Facebook!
Call for Artists
The Medford Arts Center (MACI) is seeking artists of various media for the juried “Into the Mystic” Environmental Art and Film Festival for June 20-22. The theme of the art is “the Mystic River” in any season. It can be representational, literal, or use found materials from the river area. Additional details here. For a registration form, contact Mike Oliver at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Herring Monitoring Program Begins
The third year of the Mystic River Herring Monitoring Program began on April 4th - once the ice in the fish ladder had melted! Thanks to the more than 80 volunteers who have signed up to count fish at the Upper Mystic Lake Dam in Medford. All updates will be posted here.
Take Action to Support Park Development!
Thanks to the efforts of Mystic River legislators and the swift action of many of our members and friends, the following officials have pledged support for a requested $250,000 increase to DCR’s FY15 Operating Budget to complete engineered drawings of the Mystic River Master Plan. There is still time to ask your State Senator and State Representative to make funding for the Mystic River Master Plan one of their top three budget priorities. You can find your State Senator and Representative 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!
Volunteer For a Fun Event!
The annual Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle, a road and paddle race, will be held on May 18th. A team of volunteers helps make this event a success! Whether helping with promotion, kids’ activities, or gathering prizes and sponsors, we welcome your participation!
New Mystic River Guide Available
MyRWA is happy to have a new resource to the Mystic: The Mystic River: A Natural & Human History, by Rick Beinecke. The book includes detailed historical and recreational information for the towns of Winchester, Arlington, Cambridge, Medford, Malden, Somerville, Everett, Charlestown and Chelsea. For information on Rick Beinecke’s book visit: www.MysticRiverRick.com.
US EPA ANNOUNCES MYSTIC RIVER REPORT CARD
The Mystic River Watershed received a grade of "D" for water quality conditions for the calendar year 2012 as part of the US EPA's annual Mystic River Report Card. The grade is based on bacterial contamination as measured by data collected by MyRWA’s Baseline Monitoring Program. This grade indicates that water quality met swimming standards 47 percent of the time, while boating standards were met 75 percent of the time.
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.