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April 26
Mystic Community Earth Day events throughout watershed!
MyRWA Earth Day Cleanup with KEEN Footwear, 9AM, Blessing of the Bay Boathouse, 32 Shore Drive, Somerville 

May 6
Committee Meeting, 7-9PM
Tufts University, Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room
*Presentation by MyRWA on water chestnut plan for 2014

May 13
Flatbread Pizza Doughraiser, 5-11PM
Flatbread Pizza, 45 Day Street, Somerville

May 18
Mystic River Herring Run & Paddle, 8AM registration, 9AM 5K start, 11AM paddling races start
Blessing of the Bay Boathouse, 32 Shore Drive, Somerville

May 20
Friends of the Malden River Meeting, 6:30-8PM
Malden Public Library, Maccario Room, 36 Salem St, Malden

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

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.


Celebrate Mystic Community Earth Day!

Earth day is April 22nd, and many stewardship events are scheduled for Saturday, April 26th as part of Mystic Community Earth Day. Lend a hand to beautify your local environment! Find an event in your community here.

MyRWA is partnering with the City of Somerville, Groundwork Somerville, Gentle Giant Rowing Club and KEEN Footwear to host a river clean-up on Sat., April 26th at the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse, 32 Shore Drive, Somerville. All supplies will be provided. Parking will be permitted on Shore Drive for this event. RSVP and share this event on Facebook!


Herring Run & Paddle May 18th

The 18th annual Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle, a road and paddle race, will be held on Sunday, May 18th. Support MyRWA at our biggest event of the year! Events include a 5K run/walk, 3, 9 or 12-mile paddling race and a bike ride along the Mystic River.

To register and for more information click here.


Herring Monitoring Program Begins

Photo by David MussinaThe third year of the Mystic River Herring Monitoring Program began on April 4th -  once the ice in the fish ladder had melted! Thanks to the more than 80 volunteers who have signed up to count fish at the Upper Mystic Lake Dam in Medford. All updates will be posted here.


Water Chestnut Removal 2014

Photo by David Mussina.Water chestnuts are an invasive plant clogging the Mystic. We’ve worked to remove them since 2010 and are back for more fun this summer. Come hear from staff scientist Patrick Herron about MyRWA’s plan for tackling water chestnut this summer. This presentation is part of MyRWA’s monthly Committee Meeting. All are welcome to attend this free meeting!

Tuesday, May 6, 7-8PM, Tufts University, Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room


Take Action to Support Park Development!

Please ask your State Representative to support Amendment #424 to the House Budget. This amendment sponsored by Representative Paul Donato will add $250,000 to the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s budget and will specifically be used to prepare all final planning, construction and permit documents to allow for construction of the Mystic River Master Plan. Find your State Senator and Representative here.


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!




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.

Read more here.


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.

Learn more about Viridian Energy and sign up today!



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