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April 2
Herring Run & Paddle planning meeting, 7PM
20 Academy St, 2nd floor, Arlington
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April 7
Committee Meeting, 7-9PM
Tufts University, Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room
*Guest speaker: Tufts Water: Systems, Science and Society Malden River Project

& Friends of the Malden River meeting, 6:30PM
Malden Public Library, 36 Salem Street, Malden

April 9
Mystic River Science Forum, 8:30AM
EPA Region 1: 5 Post Office Square, Boston

April 25
Mystic Community Earth Day
Various locations

May 17
Mystic River Herring Run & Paddle, 9AM
Blessing of the Bay Boathouse, 32 Shore Dr., Somerville


Keep it clean - do your part!

Volunteers at a River Clean-UpThe Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) works to protect the water and related natural resources of the 22 Mystic River Watershed communities by means of clean water advocacy, education and outreach programs, and water quality monitoring. MyRWA works at a watershed wide level because our communities are connected by the water that flows between them. Read more about MyRWA's work here.

“A river is more than an amenity, it is a treasure.”

-- Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes.  Born in Boston, Massachusetts, 1841.



River clean-ups are a fun and rewarding experience. MyRWA typically hosts or partners with other organizations to participate in river clean-ups. River clean-ups are typically in the spring, when the snow has melted and the trash is not hidden by vegetation.

If you would like to host a river clean-up please contact us and we’ll be sure to help spread the word!



  1. Do not litter. Litter ends up in the sewers or in the rivers and streams.
  2. Minimize the use of fertilizers and pesticides, especially where run-off may occur, or practice organic lawn care.
  3. Conserve water. Excess water in the sewage system can lead to sewage overflows into our waterways.
  4. Always pick up pet waste, especially along river banks. Pet waste contains harmful bacteria that contaminates the rivers.
  5. Use rain barrels to capture rainfall to use on your lawn or garden.  New England Rain Barrel
  6. Never dump anything down storm drains – it drains directly to local waterways.
  7. Use non-toxic products whenever possible. Carefully store and dispose of household cleaners, chemicals, and oils.
  8. Take your car to the carwash instead of washing it in the driveway, where the suds will likely drain into a storm drain.
  9. Maintain clean, well swept driveways, side walks and roads to avoid debris entering storm drains.
  10. Share your knowledge with others!

Download this list here.



Do you have other ideas to share? Email MyRWA here.

View a list of Educational Resources here (great for teachers).

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