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July 7
Committee Meeting, 7-9PM
Robbins Library, 700 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA
(Community Room in basement)

July 18
Water Chestnut   Community Event

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


Water Chestnuts Beware!

Click for a 34 second time-lapsed videoMyRWA's Water Chestnut Removal Program now is underway. Community and corporate water chestnut hand pulling events will help eradicate this invasive species which thrives in the Mystic River.  Join us on July 18th at the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED



2015 Herring Migration

The 2015 Herring Monitoring Program is finished for the season! Thank you to our many monitors who helped make this program a huge success. Stay tuned for the program results.




WANTED: Corporate Volunteers

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! We supply all the materials and expertise necessary. Find out more and schedule your event by contacting




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!




What’s happening to carp in the Mystic?

Many big carp have died recently on the Mystic. We have reported the event to state agencies and had conversations with fish experts.   The state experts' best understanding of this is that it is a natural die off resulting from stresses from spawning in combination with some environmental factor (changes in water temperature, bacteria or virus that specifically affects carp, etc.).  We do not think this is related to pollution. For more information see our blog post. 



WBUR Radio Boston features the Mystic River

Radio Boston recently featured a story about the Mystic River. WBUR's Anthony Brooks asks many important questions about clean up efforts and improvements in the Mystic River.



Successful Herring Run and Paddle! 

 Photo by: Arturo Gossage.Thank you to everyone who came out on a beautiful spring day to celebrate the return of the river herring at the 19th annual Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle. ALL RACE RESULTS HAVE NOW BEEN POSTED. Visit our blog to read more about this incredible day and check out all the fantastic event day photos.



Boston Globe EDITORIAL on Mystic River

Take a moment to read the Editorial on the Mystic River Watershed in the Boston Globe and share your comments by emailing the editor at: The Mystic has long deserved this attention and its restoration is continuing to develop momentum.



Mystic River Water Quality Commission

Photo by Suzanne McDaniel.The state legislature empanelled a commission to investigate water quality conditions in the Mystic River Watershed. 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.





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