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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.
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.
Help Remove Water Chestnut!
Come lend a hand to remove an invasive plant clogging the Mystic - water chestnut! Volunteers head out in canoes to hand-pull this plant or remain on shore to assist. All supplies are provided at these family-friendly and fun events. The final community event this summer is set for Saturday, August 9th from 9AM to 1PM.
For additional details and to register for these events (required) click here.
2014 Herring Run Estimated at 239,059
The 2014 herring migration was tracked by nearly 100 trained volunteer herring monitors at the DCR Upper Mystic Lake dam in Medford, MA. Their efforts resulted in 31,296 herring counted. With this data the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries estimates the run size at 239,059 +/- 37,288 herring. These results suggest the number of river herring entering into Upper Mystic Lake slightly increased in 2014. Thank you Herring Monitors!
Read more about the Herring Monitoring Program here.
Green Infrastructure in the Mystic
On August 5th join MyRWA to learn more about Green Infrastructure! Green Infrastructure or Green Best Management Practices (BMPs) represent an approach to wet-weather management that utilizes small-scale facilities to slow down, cleanse, infiltrate, and reuse rainwater where it falls. Green Infrastructure includes vegetated swales, bio-retention structures, permeable pavement, and street trees. MyRWA’s Patrick Herron will discuss current MyRWA projects that promote Green Infrastructure from 7-8pm as part of MyRWA's monthly Committee Meeting. This meeting is open to the public and we encourage all to attend.
Join us on Tuesday, August 5th, 7-9PM, at Tufts University, Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room for the Committee Meeting.
Action Alert: Mystic River Water Quality Commission
Please reach out to the House Ways and Means Chairman to urge him to release H785 Establishing a Mystic River Water Quality Commission for a vote by the full House. There are only three weeks remaining in this legislative session and an outpouring of support is essential to move this important legislation forward! The Mystic River Water Quality Commission will make recommendations to improve water quality conditions to a level that supports fishing, boating, swimming and wildlife.
Budget Includes DCR Funding for Mystic Master Plan
On June 30th the State House and Senate Conference Committee released a consensus budget that includes funding for the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) not less than $250,000 to be expended to finalize the designs and to obtain the permits necessary for implementation of the Mystic River Master plan, including aquatic invasive species control on the Mystic River. Senator Pat Jehlen worked tirelessly on this issue and provided important leadership in the Senate as did Representatives Denise Provost and Paul Donato in the House. MyRWA very much appreciates the dedication of local residents and the hard work of members of House and Senate who fought to see this important funding was included in FY2015 budget!
MyRWA Receives "Education and Public Service Award"
MyRWA was awarded the 2014 Education and Public Service Award by the Board of Directors of the Universities Council on Water Resources on June 19. The award “acknowledges with sincere appreciation the vision and leadership in the advancement of water resources education and public service.” MyRWA’s Patrick Herron, Water Quality Monitoring Director, received the award on behalf of the Association. Thank you for your recognition UCOWR!
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 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.