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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.
Rep. Provost to Speak at Annual Meeting
Join us for the 42nd Annual Meeting on Thursday, October 16 from 6pm to 9pm at Tufts University, 51 Winthrop Street, Medford. We are happy to share that Representative Denise Provost will offer a keynote address. We will also hear from MyRWA staff about accomplishments this year, host an awards ceremony, vote on the Board of Directors and much more!
Seeking Members to the Board of Directors
Are you interested in getting more involved with a local nonprofit? Are you passionate about cleaning up the Mystic River? The Mystic River Watershed Association is seeking members to the Board of Directors - apply today! 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!
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!
US EPA MYSTIC RIVER REPORT CARD 2013
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.