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August 4
Committee Meeting, 7-9PM
Robbins Library, basement conference room, 700 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington

August 8
Water Chestnut Community Event, 9:00AM-1:00PM
Blessing of the Bay Boathouse, 32 Shore Drive, Somerville, MA

August 18
Community Charrette: Greening Malden & Everett to Improve the River, 7PM
Malden Library, program room, Malden

August 26
Community Charrette: Greening Medford to Improve the River, 6PM
Andrews Middle School, 3000 Mystic Valley Pkwy, Medford

Sept 1
Committee Meeting, 7-9PM

Arlington Town Hall, 730 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA - Selectmen's Hearing Room, 2nd floor

Sept 14
Friends of the Malden River meeting, 6:30PM
Cambridge Health Alliance, 195 Canal St, Malden

Sept 15
Flatbread Pizza Doughraiser, 5PM-11PM
45 Day St, Somerville, MA

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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