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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.
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! By sponsoring an event, your company can 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 email@example.com.
Mystic RIVER CLEANUP April 25th
Celebrate Earth Day (April 22) with MyRWA on Saturday, April 25th! Volunteers are needed to help with a park and river cleanup at DCR Torbert MacDonald Park in Medford from 9:00 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 - for event details and to find an event near you click here.
MYSTIC RIVER SCIENCE FORUM APRIL 9
The Mystic River Watershed Initiative Science Forum will be held on Thursday, April 9th at the EPA Region 1 offices. The forum will include presentations and discussions about local water quality and related topics. For more information and to view the agenda click here.
MYSTIC RIVER WATER QUALITY COMMISSION ESTABLISHED
MyRWA is inspired that the state legislature has acted to empanel a commission to investigate water quality conditions in the Mystic River Watershed and to determine the ways in which water quality can be improved to support a healthy ecosystem and recreational opportunities. The thirteen member commission will include one member appointed from the Mystic River Watershed Association, 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 here, read the Bill here.
Combatting Invasive Species
For the fifth 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 have been removed by the mechanical harvester. Read more about the Water Chestnut Removal Project here. Watch this video from Somerville Neighborhood News.
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.