The 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!
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP THE MYSTIC RIVER WATERSHED?
- Do not litter. Litter ends up in the sewers or in the rivers and streams.
- Minimize the use of fertilizers and pesticides, especially where run-off may occur, or practice organic lawn care.
- Conserve water. Excess water in the sewage system can lead to sewage overflows into our waterways.
- Always pick up pet waste, especially along river banks. Pet waste contains harmful bacteria that contaminates the rivers.
- Use rain barrels to capture rainfall to use on your lawn or garden.
- Never dump anything down storm drains – it drains directly to local waterways.
- Use non-toxic products whenever possible. Carefully store and dispose of household cleaners, chemicals, and oils.
- Take your car to the carwash instead of washing it in the driveway, where the suds will likely drain into a storm drain.
- Maintain clean, well swept driveways, side walks and roads to avoid debris entering storm drains.
- Share your knowledge with others!
LOOKING FOR MORE WAYS TO HELP OUT?
- Become a MEMBER of the Mystic River Watershed Association - your membership dues will directly support our monitoring, advocacy, and education programs.
- If developing an area, consider implementing Low Impact Development practices.
Provide much needed support to MyRWA by VOLUNTEERING. The many ways to get involved include collecting water samples, serving on an advisory committee, or helping with office tasks.
Plan to participate in an upcoming activity or event.
- Read "Four Steps to Reducing Non-Point Source Pollution" a 2 page brochure focusing on stormwater pollution.
- Practice the 10 tips for a great organic lawn (courtesy Organic Soil Solutions)
- Donate to support MyRWA's work.
- Stay informed of volunteer opportunities, watershed happenings and issues by subscribing to MyRWA's monthly E-Newsletter.
- Perform Storm Drain Stenciling. Mark storm drains by spraypainting this stencil "Don't dump drains to Mystic." This is a great activity for groups and youth!
Do you have other ideas to share? Email MyRWA here.