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April 25
MyRWA Earth Day Cleanup, 9AM-Noon
MacDonald Park, Medford

April 25, May 2, May 9
Mystic Community Earth Day
Various locations

May 12 *Note date change
Committee Meeting, 7-9PM
Tufts University, Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room

 May 17
Mystic River Herring Run & Paddle, 9AM
Blessing of the Bay Boathouse, 32 Shore Dr., Somerville


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.


Mystic RIVER CLEANUP April 25th

Celebrate Earth Day with MyRWA on Saturday, April 25th! Volunteers are needed to help with a park and river cleanup at DCR MacDonald Park in Medford from 9 a.m. to noon. All supplies are provided at this family friendly event. This cleanup is one of many events scheduled as part of Mystic Community Earth Day - find an event near you.

Corporate Volunteer Opportunity

MyRWA has a unique opportunity for your business, church or community group – we are seeking groups of up to 100 people to help remove water chestnut, an invasive plant, from the Mystic River while offering a fun team-building day! Join us to participate in a major green initiative while providing a rewarding day on the river for your employees. We have worked with many organizations and companies over the past 5 years, including IBM, FedEx and Citizens Bank, and supply all the materials and expertise necessary. Find out more and schedule your event by contacting


Herring Run and Paddle May 17th

Celebrate the return of the herring with the 19th annual Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle on Sunday, May 17th! The event consists of a 5K run/walk and a 3, 9 or 12 mile paddling race. Great prizes are donated by local businesses. The event includes music, food and educational exhibits - come to run, walk, paddle or spectate! Register today!



Photo by Suzanne McDaniel.MyRWA is inspired that the state legislature has acted to empanel a commission to investigate water quality conditions in the Mystic River Watershed. The 13 member commission will include one member appointed from MyRWA, the US EPA, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority and members from the House and Senate, among others. MyRWA thanks the many members of the Mystic River legislative caucus and especially lead sponsors of the Bill, Representative Denise Provost and Senator Pat Jehlen. Read more.


Combatting Invasive Species

For the 5th year MyRWA and partners worked together to remove the invasive water chestnut from the Mystic River. 2014 was 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 were removed by the mechanical harvester. Read more about the Water Chestnut Removal Project


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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