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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.
Cleaning Up the Water: Case Studies of Stormwater Retrofits In the Metro Boston Area
On March 17th please join MyRWA and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) for a panel presentation about stormwater retrofits in the Boston area. You’ll have the chance to hear from the three Boston area watershed associations, as well as from the engineering perspective. Panelists include MyRWA’s Patrick Herron; Pallavi Kalia Mande of the Charles River Watershed Association; Ian Cooke of the Neponset River Watershed Association; and Tom Pawlina, Principal at ATP Environmental. Presentations will be followed by a panel discussion and an opportunity to comment and ask questions.
Monday, March 17th, 6:30-8:30pm - Malden Public Library, Maccario Room, 36 Salem Street
Can you help count fish?
MyRWA will launch the Herring Monitoring Program on April 1st. Volunteer herring monitors are needed to count fish for a ten minute slot at the DCR Upper Mystic Lake Dam in Medford. A mandatory training will be held on Saturday, March 22nd at the Medford Boat Club. All herring monitors MUST REGISTER for this training.
Take Action to Support Park Development!
Thanks to the efforts of Mystic River legislators and the swift action of many of our members and friends, the following officials have pledged support for a requested $250,000 increase to DCR’s FY15 Operating Budget to complete engineered drawings of the Mystic River Master Plan. Senators Pat Jehlen, Sal DiDomenico, Will Brownsberger, and Ken Donnelly have signed on to this initiative, as well as Representatives Paul Donato, Denise Provost, Dave Rogers, Jason Lewis, James Dwyer, Paul Brodeur, Carl Sciortino, Tim Toomey, John Hecht and Sean Garballey. There is still time to ask your State Senator and State Representative to make funding for the Mystic River Master Plan one of their top three budget priorities. You can find your State Senator and Representative here.
Internships Offered for 2014
MyRWA is happy to offer several internships for 2014: Data Visualization Internship, Invasive Species Internship and Water Quality Monitoring Internships. Please click here for more information about the positions and how to apply.
State Senators Say: Let’s Clean Up Mystic River!
Thank you Senators Sal DiDomenico and Pat Jehlen for your thoughtful opinion piece in the January 17th Boston Globe pressing to clean-up the Mystic River. The Senators have correctly identified the key components to a successful restoration of this important natural resource. We support the creation of the Mystic River Watershed Water Quality Commission to investigate ways to improve environmental conditions.
2013 Annual Report Now Available
MyRWA continues to work towards improved environmental conditions in the Mystic River Watershed. Check out the 2013 Annual Report to read some of the highlights from the year, including the completion of two rain gardens! MyRWA sincerely appreciates the support from our members, friends and corporate partners that make this work possible.
Open-Source Water Quality Monitoring Coming to the Mystic
There’s a new project in the Mystic River – one that started at ioby, a crowd-resourcing platform for citizen-led neighborhood projects. Ioby will develop an ‘open source’ water quality monitoring platform that will be open for communities everywhere to build and use. The first water quality monitor prototypes will be deployed in the Alewife Brook subwatershed and will track key parameters like conductivity and temperature. To be successful, they’ll need your support – every donation, no matter the size, is greatly appreciated!
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!
Volunteer For a Fun Event!
The annual Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle, a road and paddle race, will be held on May 18th. A team of volunteers helps make this event a success! Whether helping with promotion, kids’ activities, or gathering prizes and sponsors, we welcome your participation!
New Mystic River Guide Available
MyRWA is happy to have a new resource to the Mystic: The Mystic River: A Natural & Human History, by Rick Beinecke. The book includes detailed historical and recreational information for the towns of Winchester, Arlington, Cambridge, Medford, Malden, Somerville, Everett, Charlestown and Chelsea. For information on Rick Beinecke’s book visit: www.MysticRiverRick.com.
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.