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upcoming events

April 30 & May 7
Earth Day Clean-ups
various locations

May 3
Committee Meeting, 7-9PM
Tufts University, Tisch College of Citizenship & Public Service, Lincoln Filene Hall, Rabb Room, 10 Upper Campus Road, Medford
Guest speaker: Herring Alliance

May 9
Friends of the Malden River meeting, 6:30-8PM Cambridge Health Alliance, 195 Canal Street, Malden

May 15
Herring Run & Paddle
32 Shore Dr., Somerville, MA

June 14
Flatbread Pizza Dough Raiser
45 Day St., Somerville, MA

Welcome! Here's what's new at MyRWA...



Join organizations throughout the watershed to participate in Earth Day cleanups. Events are being held at various locations in April and May. MyRWA's cleanup will be held on Sat. April 30th at 9:00 a.m. at MacDonald Park in Medford. Do your part to help cleanup the local environment!

Find an event near you.




Join MyRWA for the 20th annual Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle on Sunday, May 15th. Celebrate the returning herring by running a 5K road race and/or participate in a 3, 9 or 12 mile paddling race. A Mystic bike tour led by Bike to the Sea is also part of the festivities! Register by May 1 for an Organic cotton T-shirt.

Learn more and register today.


Herring Mangement Presentation

River herring. Photo by Patrick Herron.Curious about how river herring are managed at sea? On May 3 we’ll be joined by Katharine Deuel of The Herring Alliance to discuss the current state of affairs regarding river herring, the New England Fishery Management Council and NOAA. Read more.



Finally! New Stormwater Management Plan

The EPA released the new Massachusetts Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) permit on 4/13. This permit is extremely important for making improvements on stormwater within the watershed - MyRWA played a key role in advocating for and providing guidance to the development of the permit.

Read the EPA press release.


Globe subscribers: Help us earn a free ad!

Are you a Boston Globe subscriber? If so, you can help us earn a free ad in the Globe. Simply go to and enter your subscriber information and the name and location of our organization before April 30, 2106. It only takes a minute, and it doesn’t cost you a dime. Your support will be converted into GRANT advertising dollars, which we can redeem for ad space in the Globe. Thank you!


Corporate Team-Building Opportunity

Participate in a major green initative and boost employee morale!Gather your employees for a fun day on the Mystic River this summer! Community and corporate groups of up to 100 hand-pull water chestnut from canoes during this rewarding stewardship event.  A four hour event has tremendous impact, visibly clearing the river of the invasive weed. All materials are provided. For more information contact Veronique at or 781-316-3438.



MyRWA Tracks Restoration at Wynn Site

MyRWA is documenting the environmental remediation work at the Wynn Resorts site along the Mystic River in Everett. Restoration of the hazardous waste site is undeway. Check out the latest news!




Mystic River Water Quality: B+

MyRWA, together with the EPA, developed a new grading system for the yearly EPA-issued Mystic River Water Quality Report Card. The new grading system provides a more nuanced understanding and description of water quality conditions based on specific water body.

Explore the 2014 water quality grade. 


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!




Read more on our NEWS BLOG!


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