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June 7
Committee Meeting, 7-9PM
Tufts University, Tisch College of Citizenship & Public Service, Lincoln Filene Hall, Rabb Room, 10 Upper Campus Road, Medford

June 13
Friends of the Malden River meeting, 6:30-8PM Cambridge Health Alliance, 195 Canal Street, Malden

June 14
Flatbread Pizza Dough Raiser
45 Day St., Somerville, MA

June 18
Community Water Chestnut Removal Event, 9am - 12pm
Arlington Reservoir
Registration required

Thursday
May192016

Children's theater production about the Mystic!

Wild Tales presents “SONG OF THE RIVER” - a children’s theater production about the Mystic River. The play explores the effect that invasive water plants have on the river’s well-being, and it is filled with a fanciful collection of birds, fish, dragonflies, mermaids, people and a big orange harvester named Hannah. It is being performed at SCATV (Somerville Community Access TV) in Union Square on Saturday, June 11th at 2:00. It is free and funded by a grant from the Somerville Arts Council.

Wednesday
May182016

MyRWA speaks out in support of CLF lawsuit

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) president Bradley Campbell announced a major lawsuit against ExxonMobil for its decades-long climate deceit on May 17th. This is the first lawsuit against ExxonMobil since revelations last September that the corporation has engaged in a deliberate cover-up of sound climate science for over thirty years. The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) and Chelsea Green Space joined Campbell at the press conference.

MyRWA's Executive Director EkOngKar Singh Khalsa gave the following comments:

MyRWA's Executive Director, EkOngKar Singh Khalsa.The Mystic is a great river, a river of history. Mystic River communities are among the most diverse and densely developed in the Commonwealth and for the past forty years many people and many organizations including the Mystic River Watershed Association have fought to restore the river to good health. 

As a result, it is very disappointing to learn that ExxonMobil is violating its own Federal permit and regularly discharging pollution to the Mystic River. It is very disheartening to learn that ExxonMobil has done nothing at its Everett facility to protect the community from climate change impacts which it has apparently known are coming for quite some time. 

In the Mystic right now, one of New England’s largest migrations of river herring is underway. Hundreds of thousands of fish will pass up the Mystic River and through the Mystic Lakes dam to spawn in Upper Mystic Lake. This wonderful natural phenomena, which has continued without break for the last ten thousand years, needs to be protected. This river is a living system visited by striped bass and harbor seals - where wildlife seeks refuge and eagles fly overhead. 

In the City of Everett great effort is being made to reconnect the community to its waterfront at the Wynn Resorts site and elsewhere. Just one half-mile up river from where we are, the City of Somerville and Federal Realty are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to improve life on the river’s banks at Assembly Row. John Preotle is restoring the Malden River at River’s Edge and Tufts University has brought its rowing team to practice there. 

In Chelsea, Everett and East Boston, local community activists are finding ways to bring people to the river, inspire young students to learn more about the local environment and to provide outdoor recreation opportunities for Mystic River communities. 

It is tremendously unfair that one of the world’s largest corporations is putting all of this work in jeopardy. It is time for ExxonMobil to step up to the plate to address the ongoing harm it is causing our river and our community. 

We are very grateful that Conservation Law Foundation is holding ExxonMobil accountable for its actions and for CLF’s promise to help protect and restore the natural environment of the Mystic River.

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View a video of the press conference on CLF's Facebook page (you don't need to sign-in to Facebook or have an account to watch this.) 

Watch EK's WGBH interview.

Read the WBUR and Boston Globe coverage.

 

Tuesday
May172016

What is your vision for MacDonald Park?

Mystic River Watershed Association is collaborating with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to revitalize MacDonald Park, the Mystic River's largest parkland and open space amenity. This is an important project of MyRWA’s Mystic Greenway Initiative - a multi-year effort to revitalize the waterfront with a seamless network of paths and parks.

To make this park one that is used and treasured by the thousands of people that live, work and play in the area, we need to hear from you! Please fill out this survey or draft a letter to DCR by May 26th to share your ideas for this park revitalization project.

Survey
What is your vision for MacDonald Park? Give us feedback in the survey.

DCR Presentation
To see more information on the park improvement in the DCR’s presentation from May 11th. 

The public is invited to submit comments after the meeting either online or by U.S. mail addressed to the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Office of Public Outreach, 251 Causeway Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA. Comments must be received by DCR by the close-of-business on Thursday, May 26.

 

Thursday
May122016

Swimming Upstream: Bringing Herring Back to Winchester 

By John Kilborn, Winchester resident, with help from John Shawcross, Ann Storer, and Beth MacBlane

The Mystic River watershed, including the Aberjona River in Winchester, supports one of the largest upstream runs, or migrations, of river herring in Massachusetts. Efforts are underway to build a fish ladder in Winchester, which could increase the number of migrating herring, perhaps making the migration the largest in the Commonwealth.

Each spring, schools of river herring swim up the Mystic River from the Atlantic to spawn (lay eggs) in the fresh waters of the watershed.  The adults quickly return to the ocean after spawning, but the juvenile fish grow and migrate back to the ocean in late summer and fall.  Most herring spawn in the same river system where they were hatched. 

These small but numerous fish are an important part of the ecosystem.  They provide food for marine mammals like whales; land animals; fish, such as striped bass; and local birds, such as, herons and eagles. 

Historical records discovered by the Town Archivist from the 1870s confirm that there was an active herring run into Winchester, and “great numbers” of herring were taken for food and other purposes.  In 1870, Winchester built a fishway over the Central Falls dam in Winchester center at Main Street.  In 1872, it was reported that the herring “swarmed in our waters last spring.”  

But by the early 1900s, the herring migration was likely blocked by dams and other man-made obstructions, and water quality was poor.  In 2011, however, the state constructed a fish ladder in the Mystic Lakes dam that allows the herring to bypass the dam and swim farther upstream.  This ladder has opened up significant new habitat suitable for herring reproduction.  In 2015, the number of fish using the ladder almost doubled, perhaps as a result of the additional habitat.

Winchester's Central Falls Dam. © David Mussina.The fish are now blocked by Winchester’s Central Falls dam.  (This is this semi-circular dam next to Lincoln School and across from the Library.)  Last June, thousands of fish were stuck in front of the dam, and observers said that it looked as if you could cross the river on the backs of the herring.  When the dam’s floodgates were opened, the fish quickly swam up river—all the way to Horn Pond in Woburn, which could provide significant new breeding habitat.     

Local volunteers, Town of Winchester officials, and the Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) have been working to install a fish ladder in Winchester’s Central Falls dam.  This ladder will allow the herring to pass up and down river, while allowing the Town to control the water levels of the Mill Pond by the library.

With funding from the En Ka Society, MyRWA tested the quality of the Aberjona for two years to ensure that it was good enough for spawning and fish growth. Although the Aberjona has some water quality impairments, none are significant enough to stop the migration.

The good news is that construction of a fish ladder at Winchester’s Central Falls dam may begin this November. Agreements for the construction are not yet complete, but a final design is being prepared.  The performing parties at a Superfund cleanup site in Woburn have preliminarily agreed to fund construction of the ladder.  In addition, the state will make improvements to a spillway in Horn Pond to ease fish passage into Horn Pond.  If the fish can get up to Horn Pond, the Mystic River watershed has the potential to support the largest run of herring in Massachusetts.

This community effort to construct these fish ladders is a critical step in restoring the Aberjona and larger watershed.  The fish ladders will open new herring habitat that will help increase the herring population.  That, in turn, will support many other kinds of wildlife.  Winchester has a unique opportunity to restore the herring migration to its past glory.  The Aberjona can again become a living river, and we can all see the herring in their “great numbers.”

Wednesday
May112016

Massachusetts Organizations and Residents Recognized by EPA for Environmental Achievements

MyRWA is thrilled to share that Roger Frymire, long-time MyRWA volunteer and activist, received the US EPA Lifetime Merit Award! Additionally, former Mayor of the City of Medford Michael McGlynn and strong supporter of water chestnut removal efforts received the US EPA Lifetime Merit Award. MyRWA offers our deepest gratitude and congratulations to both awardees!

---- Courtesy US EPA Press Release -----

Sixteen winners from Massachusetts were recognized today at the 2016 Environmental Merit Awards ceremony of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s New England regional office. The environmental leaders were among three dozen recipients across New England honored for helping to improve New England’s environment.

Each year EPA New England recognizes individuals and groups in the six New England states who have worked to protect or improve the region’s environment in distinct ways. The merit awards, given out since 1970, honor individuals and groups who have shown particular ingenuity and commitment in their efforts.

“We are proud to honor those citizens, businesses and organizations who have gone the extra mile to help protect and preserve our region’s natural resources,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office. “These New England award winners are committed to making our towns, cities and countryside of New England healthy, vibrant places with clean air, land and water.”

The Environmental Merit Awards, which are given to people who have already taken action, are awarded in the categories of individual; business (including professional organizations); local, state or federal government; and environmental, community, academia or nonprofit organization. Also, each year EPA presents lifetime achievement awards for individuals.

Roger Frymire

Mystic River Watershed Association
With his kayak strapped faithfully to the roof of his car, Roger Frymire is a reliable and resourceful volunteer for the Mystic River Watershed Association. For the past 20 years, Frymire has monitored water quality for the association. He helped design and put in place monitoring programs that illuminate environmental conditions in the watershed, and his work has brought attention to the Mystic River, Malden River, Aberjona River, Chelsea Creek, Alewife Brook and the Mystic Lakes. Beginning in 1999, Frymire helped the Mystic Monitoring Network develop into one of New England’s finest water quality monitoring programs. Frymire volunteered countless hours collecting water samples and, as part of the Mystic Monitoring team, shared his important insight into monitoring design and data control.

In addition, Frymire was a one-man “find it and fix it” team. In his own words, he is a “retired codger who enjoyed kayaking but didn’t think rivers should smell like cesspools.” On many kayak trips, Frymire took more than 2000 samples for fecal bacteria analysis to identify the sources of the problems, bring attention to water conditions and get the problems solved. His efforts helped the rivers and led to many victories in the Mystic. Frymire has received multiple awards from environmental groups and the city of Cambridge.

Frymire began sampling with the Charles River Watershed Association and soon after began working in the Mystic, Merrimac and Salem Sound watersheds. He worked in every kind of weather and in every season. He was a consultant to USGS, EPA, the Army Corp of Engineers, the US Geological Survey, the state and the Center for Watershed Protection, and has given expert testimony at countless public hearings and meetings. His work has been featured on TV; in the Boston Globe; on NPR’s Living on the Earth; and in Mother Jones magazine, as well as numerous other publications. In these stories, Frymire always turns attention from himself to focus on the environment and on local non-profit advocates. With this Lifetime Achievement Award, EPA and the environmental community offer sincere thanks to Roger Frymire for his dedicated stewardship.

The Honorable Michael J. McGlynn

Medford, Massachusetts

As the longest serving mayor in Massachusetts, Michael J. McGlynn was Mayor of Medford, Massachusetts from 1987 until his retirement last year. His progressive leadership on energy and environmental issues spanned almost 20 years of policies and programs. Under McGlynn’s leadership, the city saw a long list of achievements. Among the most notable was the 2009 construction of a wind turbine that provides 10 percent of the power for the McGlynn School, saving $25,000 a year in electric bills and providing enough energy to offset about 133 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, Medford was the first EPA Clean School Bus Project recipient in the country to not only manage the program for Medford, but also for 12 other regional communities served by the same bus company. The city had the first Municipal Climate Action Plan in the state, and received the 2004 EPA Clean Air Excellence Award for its innovations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Under McGlynn’s leadership the city also put into place a solar program that resulted in Medford residents contracting 322 kilowatts of solar power. The city was recognized for its recycling and sustain¬ability practices, its energy and environmental initiatives, as well as its Go Green Medford initiative. During nearly three decades of leadership, Mayor McGlynn made a lifetime of difference for the city of Medford.

Monday
May092016

Welcome Amber!

MyRWA is happy to announce the start our newest employee, Amber Christoffersen. Amber will serve as the Mystic Greenways Director and will manage the new Mystic Greenways Initiative which aims to revitalize our waterfront parks. Prior to joining MyRWA, she launched and led the Emerald Network, a vision for 200 miles of seamless greenways in Metro Boston. She holds a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the College of William and Mary.

Please say hello to Amber at the May 11 DCR public meeting regarding Medford’s MacDonald Park or at the May 15 Herring Run and Paddle. If you're interested in getting involved with this initiative as it develops, please sign up here.

Friday
May062016

Earth Day Cleanup A Success

More than 100 volunteers dusted off their work gloves and boots for MyRWA’s annual Earth Day River Cleanup held on April 30. Meeting at DCR Torbert MacDonald Park in Medford groups fueled up on coffee donated by Starbucks before heading out to pick-up litter throughout the park. Meanwhile, with the help of MA-DCR staff, the Tufts Football team battled the climbing invasive vine, Oriental bittersweet. By the end of the day a truck load of trash was collected and we had filled the chipper with plant material. Thanks to all who attended the event! Funding was generously provided by the Tufts University Neighborhood Service Fund.

Friday
May062016

Witness the Herring Migration!

The return of the herring is a sure sign of spring for Mystic River communities, and the Mystic River Watershed Association is happy to offer the public an opportunity to view this annual migration. Join us for an open house at the DCR Upper Mystic Lake Dam on Mystic Valley Parkway in Medford to learn more about the Blueback and Alewife Herring.  If you would like to coordinate a group visit, please contact the Association at 781-316-3438.  Read more about the Herring Monitoring Program.

Fish Ladder Open House Dates:

  • Sunday, May 15th, 12pm- 3pm
  • Wednesday, May 18th, 3pm - 7pm
  • Saturday,  May 21st, 9:00 am - noon

We hope to see you there!

Thursday
May052016

EPA Webinar on Stormwater Management May 25

Soak Up the Rain New England Webinar Series

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 from 1:00-2:30 EST

“Engaging Urban Residents: Innovative Approaches to Promoting Community-Based Stormwater Management”

REGISTER here.

Presentations include:

Pallavi Mande, Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA). Pallavi will describe the CRWA's Blue Cities Initiative. The Initiative works to restore natural hydrology to urban watersheds while enhancing neighborhoods and connecting open spaces. Pallavi will also present case studies of community-based green infrastructure installations in the Charles River watershed which have improved water quality and reduced stormwater runoff while providing other of benefits for neighborhood residents.

Giovanni Zinn, New Haven Engineering Department, New Haven, CT.  Giovanni will discuss city-wide green infrastructure projects that have helped to address both flooding and stormwater issues in the city. Partners have included the Yale School of Forestry, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, and EMERGE Connecticut, Inc. (a transitional work training program). To date, Giovanni has installed more than a dozen bioretention systems in residential areas with plans to install many more in the next two years in the downtown central business district, leveraging federal, state and municipal funding.

Peter Coffin, Blackstone Headwaters Coalition and the Blackstone River Coalition.  Peter will highlight the Coalition’s green infrastructure projects in Worcester, MA, including, the most recent:  Stormwater Benefits of Urban Trees- an outreach effort to engage inner city residents to understand the role that trees play in reducing stormwater runoff and flooding. Through this project over 68 trees were planted and over twenty educational events were conducted. The goal is to plant 100 trees by summer, 2016.  Peter will also describe the “Rain Gardens to the Rescue” project, which resulted in the creation of several demonstration rain gardens throughout the city.

Michael Chavez, Fairmount/Indigo Line CDC Collaborative; and Trevor Smith, Land Escapes.  Michael and Trevor will describe the Living Roof Bus Shelter Initiative in which green roofs have been installed on bus shelters in Boston. Michael and Trevor will describe: how they collaborated with local groups, the types of community outreach efforts that supported the initiative and how local youth are being trained on the installation and maintenance of the green roofs.  

They will also discuss how this initiative conveys the many benefits of green roofs and other green infrastructure practices, especially in an urban setting.

Thursday
May052016

Spy Pond Closed to Water Uses - May 9, 2016

Spy Pond in Arlington will be chemically treated with the USEPA/MA registered herbicide Sonar® (fluridone) to control nuisance aquatic vegetation on Monday, May 9th, 2016. The pond will be closed to all water uses (including boating, fishing, and swimming) on the day of treatment only. In addition, water from the pond cannot be used for irrigation for a period of 90 days, commencing on the day of treatment. These water use restrictions will be posted with printed signs, placed around the pond shoreline, prior to application.
The pond will be monitored for levels of Sonar herbicide post-treatment. One or two, "booster" Sonar applications may occur after the initial treatment during the period of May and June. These applications will not require restricting normal uses of the pond other than for the 90-day irrigation restriction, which will remain in effect. When the herbicide concentration falls to a level that is safe for irrigation use to resume, the Town will notify any parties that make such a request.

The project is being performed for the Town of Arlington, under a license (permit) issued by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and an Order of Conditions permit from the Arlington Conservation Commission. Solitude Lake Management is the pond management consultant and contractor to the Town for this project.  Please email any questions to:  tdebenedictis@town.arlington.ma.us

Thursday
Apr282016

Enjoy Pizza and Bowling for a Cause!

On Tuesday, June 14th head to Flatbread Pizza at Sacco's Bowl Haven in Davis Square for a Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) fundraiser. That’s right, the more flatbread you eat the more money will be raised to support the Mystic River Watershed Association and our efforts to protect and restore the Mystic River Watershed!

Eat at or get take-out from Flatbread Pizza, 45 Day Street, Somerville, between 5pm and 11pm on June 14th and a portion of your flatbread cost will automatically be donated to MyRWA.

Reservations are accepted for groups of 10 or more.

Wednesday
Apr272016

Rain barrels and compost bins offered by City of Medford

Medford is selling compost bins & rain barrels all month, for pickup in May:      
  • The Orbis Earth Machine retails at hardware stores for $110.  Thanks to a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, the City of Medford will again be able to offer these bins for $40 for a limited time.
  • Order compost bins by May 10th for pickup on Wednesday, May 25 from 5 to 7pm at City Hall.  Ordering instructions athttp://medfordenergy.org/compost-bins/
 
Wednesday
Apr272016

DCR Public Meeting on MacDonald Park Improvements 

Announcement courtesy of Mass. Dept. of Conservation and Recreation.

Please mark your calendars for a DCR Public Meeting on Torbert MacDonald Park Improvements.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 – 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

River’s Edge, Great Lawn Room (First Floor)

200 River’s Edge Drive, Medford, MA 02155

At this public meeting, DCR will present an introduction to, and obtain feedback on, concept designs for potential improvements to MacDonald Park in the Mystic River Reservation, including new park seating areas, signage, and recreational amenities.  DCR will also provide information on some planned improvements that, subject to permitting, would commence soon, including removal of invasive species in the water and on the land and reconstruction of deteriorated walkways. 

The presentation will be viewable after the meeting on DCR’s website at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/public-outreach/public-meetings/.  The public is invited to submit comments after the meeting either online at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/public-outreach/submit-public-comments/ or by U.S. mail addressed to the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Office of Public Outreach, 251 Causeway Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA.  Comments must be received by DCR by the close-of-business on Thursday, May 26.   

If you have questions or would like to be added to an email list to receive DCR general or project-specific announcement, please email Mass.Parks@state.ma.us or call 617-626-4973.

 

Monday
Apr252016

River Herring Management

River herring. Photo by Patrick Herron.Curious about how river herring are managed at sea? On May 3rd we’ll be joined by Katharine Deuel of The Herring Alliance to discuss the current state of affairs regarding river herring, the New England Fishery Management Council and NOAA. 

This presentation is part of the Mystic River Watershed Association’s monthly Committee Meeting. The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Tufts University, Tisch College of Citizenship & Public Service, Lincoln Filene Hall, Rabb Room, 10 Upper Campus Road, Medford. Free and open to the public!

Saturday
Apr232016

ACTION ALERT: Aquatic Invasive Species Control

Action Alert: Contact your representative today to continue the eradication of water chestnut from the Mystic River

Amendment #932 puts $350,000 into the DCR budget for Aquatic Invasive Species Control. The amendment is sponsored by Representative Khan of Newton, Stanley of Waltham, Lawn of Watertown, Provost of Somerville and Baker of Newton.

What you can do to help support this amendment?

A)  Contact your local representative to request that they cosponsor Amendment #932 to put $350,000 in the budget for invasive species control. Talk about how this funding has been critical during the past few years to eliminate water chestnut in the Mystic and Charles Rivers.
State Representative Paul J. Donato
Medford
(617) 722-2180

State Representative Christine Barber
Somerville
(617) 722-2430

State Representative Sean Garballey
Arlington
(617) 722-2090

B)   Contact the Speaker of the House and the House Ways and Means Chair to express your support for Amendment #932.

Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo
Winthrop
(617) 722-2500

House Ways and Means Chair Brian Dempsey
Haverhill
(617) 722-2990

 

The Mystic River will thank you!
Monday
Apr182016

Local Organizations Team Up for Seventh Annual Mystic Community Earth Day

Several organizations are joining together for the seventh consecutive year to coordinate numerous events for Earth Day in the Mystic River Watershed in Arlington, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Somerville and Winchester.  Comprising “Mystic Community Earth Day,” events will take place on Saturday, April 23rd, April 30th, and May 7th in honor of Earth Day (April 22nd) and focus on improving areas along the Mystic River, Aberjona River and Chelsea Creek, while drawing attention to the needs of the watershed as a whole. All events are free and open to the public. Volunteers needed!

The Mystic River Watershed is the most urbanized, densely populated watershed in Massachusetts, with over half a million people living in its 76 square miles. Due to its long industrial history and aging sewer systems, the water quality of the river is severely degraded and access to the riverfront is limited. Despite these challenges, residents, community groups, and organizations are working to improve the Mystic River, its tributaries, and surrounding communities. 

This year marks the 46th Earth Day, which was first hosted on April 22, 1970, and featured rallies, protests, and cleanups across the country with a strong college student presence. That day is often considered the birth of the modern environmental movement. Earth Day 2016 will be observed nationwide on April 22nd and marked by many of the same activities as the original event 46 years ago.   

Mystic Community Earth Day will include river and park cleanups, plantings, and trail clearings. For more information about any of the Mystic Community Earth Day events, please contact the respective coordinator from each organization (see below). Events include the following: 

 

Arlington/Cambridge

Friends of Alewife Reservation invites you to our annual Earth Day/DCR Park Serve Day at the Alewife Reservation in Cambridge, MA.  Students, companies, families, and individuals are all welcome to join on April 30th from 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers will work together to remove trash from the Reservation, maintain trails and improve the health of the ecosystem in this flood-plain region. All tools and supplies as well as water will be provided. Volunteers should meet across the street from the Alewife MBTA station pickup area.
Contact: friendsofalewifereservation.org, (617)-415-1884, or info@friendsofalewifereservation.org  

 

Chelsea

The Chelsea Collaborative is holding their annual Chelsea Earth Day Celebration: Clean Up! on Saturday, April 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Volunteers should meet at Chelsea City Hall Parking Lot, 500 Broadway, Chelsea, MA.
Contact: chelseacollab.org or Maria Belén Power at MariaBelenP@ChelseaCollab.org or 617-889-6080 X115 

 

Everett/Malden

Bike to the Sea, Inc. and Friends of the Malden River are partnering with the Cities of Malden and Everett for an Earth Day Cleanup. Volunteers will cut back brush along the trail, remove branches, pick up trash, sweep off the trail and generally clean up the paved section of trail from its start in Everett to the Revere town line. We will gather at the map kiosk across from Cambridge Health Alliance at 195 Canal Street then spread out along the bike trail. Join us on Saturday, April 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Contact: Karen at friendsofthemaldenriver@gmail.com or www.facebook.com/events/1700231316926718/

 

Medford

Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) will host a river and park cleanup to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 30th from 9:00 a.m. to noon. We will be removing litter and invasive plants, and a community art project - Hermione the Trash Herring – will be part of the mix. Volunteers should meet at the DCR Torbert MacDonald Park parking lot off of Mystic Valley Parkway/Route 16 in Medford. The event is also accessible by the MBTA Wellington Station on the Orange Line. All supplies will be provided. Rain or shine.
Contact: Beth at beth@mysticriver.org or 781-316-3438

Friends of the Mystic River will host its 21st annual Mystic River Spring Cleanup on Saturday, May 7th, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., meeting at the Condon Band Shell parking lot, 2501 Mystic Valley Parkway, Medford.  Volunteers are invited to collect trash and debris in the Condon Shell Park/Route 16 area, or at any other location of their choosing between the Lower Mystic Lake and Torbert MacDonald Park. Cleanup supplies will be provided along with morning and lunchtime refreshments. In the event of heavy rain on May 7th, the cleanup will take place on Sunday, May 8th.
Contact: fomr.org, 781-391-2604 or Mystic02155@hotmail.com

Medford Community Coalition (MCC) is hosting a cleanup of Medford Square on Saturday, April 30th from 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon. Volunteers will meet at the Burying Ground Plaza, at the corner of Salem & River Street, and split into teams to give the square a good cleaning. DPW will provide bags and tools, and we'll get right into picking up trash and making the Square as beautiful as it can be.
Contact: Laura at medfordcoalition@gmail.com

Friends of the Fellsand Mass DCR are hosting a cleanup, trail restoration and invasive plant removal on Saturday, April 30th. Meet at Flynn Rink (300 Elm Street, Medford, at corner of Woodland Road) between 9:00 and 11:00 am to register and arrange your work assignment. Please bring water, snacks, sunscreen and/or bug spray to suit your needs. Any required tools will be provided. Lightning cancels, otherwise please dress for the weather.
Contact: Lindsay at 413-237-4747 or email lindsay@yarsley.com

 

Somerville

Groundwork Somerville is hosting Comcast Cares Day with the City of Somerville on Saturday, April 30th from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse, and 11 other sites around the City including South Street Farm, the Community Path and Union Square. See the full list of locations at www.groundworksomerville.org/programs/sustainable-community/earth-day-comcast-cares/. Pick a site and come out to get ready for spring! Events will be followed by a BBQ at 12:00 p.m. at the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse on Shore Drive.
Contact: Chris Mancini, chris@groundworksomerville.org

 

Winchester

The Winchester Conservation Commission is sponsoring its annual Aberjona River Cleanup on Saturday, May 7th from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Volunteers should meet at Town Hall Parking Lot, 71 Mt. Vernon Street, Winchester. Plastic bags and gloves will be provided.  Please come with clothing to cover your feet and arms.
Contact: Elaine Vreeland at (781) 721-7152 or Evreeland@winchester.us

 

 

Friday
Apr152016

Finally! New Stormwater Management Plan

The EPA released the new Massachusetts Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) permit on 4/13. This permit is extremely important for making improvements on stormwater within the watershed - MyRWA played a key role in advocating for and providing guidance to the development of the permit.

Read the EPA press release.

 

Wednesday
Apr062016

River herring presentation 4/12

Wednesday
Mar302016

Globe subscribers: Help us earn a free ad 

Are you a Boston Globe subscriber? If so, we have a favor to ask. Help us earn a free ad in the Globe just by showing your support. Simply go to BostonGlobe.com/GRANT and enter your subscriber information and the name and location of our organization before April 30, 2106. It only takes a minute, and it doesn’t cost you a dime.

Your support will be converted into GRANT advertising dollars, which we can redeem for ad space in the Globe. The more dollars raised, the larger the ad — which means more exposure for the Mystic River Watershed Association and the important work we do.

Thank you in advance for your support. We appreciate it more than you know.

Wednesday
Mar302016

Volunteer Photographer and/or Videographer needed!

Are you looking to expand your portfolio? The Mystic River Watershed Association may have just the event for you! On Sunday, May 15th MyRWA will host the 20th annual Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle at the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse, 32 Shore Drive, Somerville, MA. The event includes a 5K road race, bicycle tour, and 3 paddling races, as well as kid’s activities. It’s a full day of action shots, portraits, video opportunities and more!

For more information please contact Beth@MysticRiver.org