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March 5
Returning Life to the Aberjona, discussion & film, 7:00PM
Winchester Public Library, 80 Washington Street, Winchester

March 21
Herring Monitoring Training, 10AM-noon
Medford Boat Club, 1001 Mystic Valley Parkway, Medford
REGISTER here (required)

April 7
Committee Meeting, 7-9PM
Tufts University, Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room
*Guest speaker: Tufts Water: Systems, Science and Society Malden River Project

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

 

Monday
Mar022015

MyRWA Comments on EPA Small MS4 Permit for Massachusetts

MyRWA staff and the Policy Committee submitted extensive comments on the 2014 Draft Massachusetts Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) General Permit issued by the US EPA. When approved, the permit will provide guidance to municipalities that will result in improved management of stormwater infrastructure and eventually cleaner water. The content of the permit is important to our members as the rivers, lakes, streams and ponds of this watershed are a long way from being the resource that the Clean Water Act promises. MyRWA commends the strong efforts of Rusty Russell, Nathan Sanders, Tracy Olson and Veronique Vicard, among others, in helping to write this comment letter.

Thursday
Feb192015

MYSTIC RIVER WATERSHED ASSOCIATION VOLUNTEERS FEATURED IN NEW EBOOK

Press Release provided by Robert Barossi

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MYSTIC RIVER WATERSHED ASSOCIATION VOLUNTEERS FEATURED IN NEW EBOOK, BEING WHERE YOU ARE: HOW ENVIRONMENTAL VOLUNTEERS IMPACT THEIR COMMUNITY AND THE PLANET EVERY DAY

By Robert Barossi

ARLINGTON, MA - Their efforts often overlooked, volunteers play a vital role in the environmental solutions of our time. Freely giving of their time and devotion, environmental volunteers are ordinary citizens who consistently give back to their local communities, both man-made and natural. These are the stories of those volunteers and their extraordinary work.

Being Where You Are: How Environmental Volunteers Impact Their Community and the Planet Every Day features the stories of an eclectic group of environmentally involved citizens. They include a frog song monitor who used to be terrified of frogs, a man whose personal mission and life’s work is to clean his town’s beaches, and a mother-daughter team of suburban beetle ranchers, among others. Their efforts run the gamut from monitoring osprey nests and banding songbirds to pulling trash out of rivers and educating children at nature centers. While the locales range from small coastal towns and mountain villages to major cities, all of the volunteers have a deep connection to the special places where they live. They also have a lot to say and teach about the environmental problems we all face and how every person, regardless of location or stage of life, can get involved and do their part.

Told by the volunteers, in their own words, these are stories of giving back to the community and the planet. Stories of finding special connections to special places. Stories of the many ways that anyone who is willing and able can have a powerful and lasting impact on those places. This includes stories from Michael Ripple and Karen Buck, both active volunteers for the Mystic River Watershed Association who give of themselves, their time and effort, in many ways. These dedicated and passionate citizens demonstrate how volunteers can and do get involved in important environmental work along the Mystic River and in similar watersheds everywhere.

Being Where You Are is currently available as an eBook, with a print version planned for the near future. It can be downloaded for $1.99 at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, the Apple iTunes store, KoboBooks.com and other online eBook retailers.

About the Author: For more than three years, Robert Barossi has been immersed in the world and work of environmental volunteers. In April of 2011, he began working with the Trustees of Reservations, the largest land conservation organization in Massachusetts, on a public relations project aimed at the group’s volunteers. Robert spent that spring and summer attending volunteer events, meeting with volunteers, speaking with them and interviewing them, at Trustees properties across the state. Over the summer and fall of 2011, he worked with the Trustees’ Public Relations Manager, writing press releases detailing the stories of the interviewed volunteers. The following spring and summer, Robert began the process of contacting and interviewing volunteers for the work that culminated in Being Where You Are. Over the course of the project, approximately eighty environmental organizations were contacted. Many volunteer program directors and managers responded, enthusiastically interested in taking part and willing to facilitate contact with the organization’s volunteers. He then contacted volunteers at all of the responding organizations, eventually interviewing roughly sixty of them, from Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, varying in age from twenty-three to eighty years old. Those interviews now make up the chapters of Being Where You Are. Robert is a recent graduate of Green Mountain College, where he received his Masters of Science in Environmental Studies, with a concentration in writing and communications.  Recently, his environmental writing has appeared on the blog for The Trustees of Reservations, as well as a new environmental blog which he helped to launch, The Ecotone Exchange (theecotoneexchange.com). He has continued to tell the stories of environmental volunteers at his own blog, Being Where You Are (beingwhereyouare.com) and can be followed on Twitter @RobBarossi.

Thursday
Feb192015

volunteer to count fish!

The Mystic River Watershed Association will launch the fourth year of the Herring Monitoring Program on April 1st. Volunteer herring monitors are needed to count fish for a ten minute slot at the DCR Upper Mystic Lake Dam in Medford. Training will be held on Saturday, March 21st from 10am until noon at the Medford Boat Club. All herring monitors MUST REGISTER for this training (if you can’t make it on March 21st we’ll find another date to train you. If you have participated as a herring monitor in the past and would like to participate again in 2015 please register as well.)

 

Friday
Feb132015

POSTPONED: Mystic River Watershed Initiative Science Forum - Monday, February 23rd

The Mystic River Watershed Initiative Science Forum will be held on (postponed-new date coming soon!) in Court Room 6, on the 15th floor at EPA New England: 5 Post Office Square, Boston. We recommend arriving early to leave time for EPA's airport style security. Coffee and snacks are available for sale on the 3rd floor. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by emailing glivinski.elizabeth@epa.gov.

MYSTIC RIVER WATERSHED INITIATIVE SCIENCE FORUM DRAFT AGENDA

POSTPONED - A NEW DATE WILL BE POSTED
8:30 am to 1:00 pm
EPA Region 1
5 Post Office Square, Boston
Court Room 6

8:30      Sign-in

8:45      Welcome and Introduction, The EPA and the Consensus Building Institute

9:15      Conditions in Alewife Brook, Mystic River mouth and update on basin overenrichment, Kelly Coughlin and David Taylor, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA)

10:00    Modeling storm event phosphorus in Alewife Brook with respect to climate change, Kate Munson, Tufts University

10:30    State of the Mystic in 2014: Current conditions, trends, and new insights, Andy Hrycyna and Patrick Herron, Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA)

11:00    Break 

11:15    The Mystic River Watershed: CEHS and MIT Engineering field lab experiences for students past and present, Harry Hemond, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

11:45    Alewife Constructed Wetland: stormwater attenuation, water quality improvements, ecological enhancements and recreational opportunities, Catherine Woodbury, City of Cambridge

12:15    Opportunities for Coordination and Collaboration in 2015

 Consensus Building Institute

  • Briefly share planned activities in 2015 - EPA, MyWRA, and Forum Participants
  • Discuss opportunities to collaborate or coordinate efforts to better understand the conditions of the Mystic Watershed - All
  • Feedback on Forum/Input for next year

12:55    Closing Comments, Patrick Herron, MyRWA

1:00      Adjourn

Wednesday
Feb042015

Summer 2015: Water Quality Monitoring Internship

Summer Internship with the Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA)

The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) seeks two Water Quality Monitoring Interns to assist in a water quality monitoring program from late May through August.  Since 1972, MyRWA has played a unique role in the whole of the watershed by its science, advocacy, and outreach efforts. Among these efforts MyRWA characterizes water quality problems in the Mystic River Watershed, informing stakeholder efforts to reduce pollutant inputs and thereby improve water quality.

Water Quality Interns will conduct water quality monitoring at several sites across the watershed, collecting data on a variety of parameters, including bacteria. Interns will also collect data on cyanobacteria populations from several recreational sites to safeguard the public health of residents who live in the watershed. Data is shared with stakeholders including the public, municipalities, Department of Public Health and the US Environmental Protection Agency.  (Learn more about MyRWA’s Cyanobacteria Monitoring Program here.)

Interns will work both in and out of the office, and must be able to work independently and as a team. This is a part-time position that requires a commitment of two days a week during the Monday through Friday work week that are agreed upon between the interns (14-16 hours/week).  Start times of 7AM will be necessary, because of sampling protocols. Primary duties include monitoring local water bodies, collecting water samples (training provided), analysis of samples, and data entry.  Additional duties may include assisting with database and data reporting.  Interns will learn about the scientific tools applied to monitor water quality and the efforts that a watershed association undertakes to advocate for water quality improvements based on this information. 

Qualifications:

  • An interest in science, the environment and advocacy is encouraged.

  • Experience with Microsoft Excel preferred, Microsoft Access considered an asset.

  • Having reliable transportation is strongly preferred, and mileage will be reimbursed.

Exact dates can be flexible depending on the candidate. These are unpaid positions.

The Mystic River Watershed Association is based in Arlington, MA and is accessible via several bus routes. 

The Mystic River Watershed Association is an equal opportunity employer.

Deadline to apply is March 15 but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting February 15, 2015.  To apply send your cover letter and resume to WQInternship@MysticRiver.org.  No phone calls please.

Wednesday
Feb042015

2014 Year In Review Now Available

The Mystic River Watershed Association maintained its core water quality monitoring programs, water chestnut removal efforts, and outreach and education programs in 2014, while adding new and exciting projects and initiatives. We hope you'll enjoy reading about some of the highlights of the year in our Annual Report. Thanks to the many supporters that make this work possible!

Wednesday
Feb042015

RETURNING LIFE TO THE ABERJONA - special event 3/5/15

Please join MyRWA and Sustainable Winchester for an evening about blueback and alewife herring! We'll provide an update on the possibility of installing a fish ladder at the Center Falls dam and the results of a two-year herring habitat study of the Aberjona River conducted by the Mystic River Watershed Association and funded by En Ka. Also of discussion will be the possibility of day-lighting the Aberjona River. We'll conclude the evening by screening a short film, "The Mystic Herring Run: The Return of 2012 and Beyond" by Shervin A. Arya.

Find out more and register for this (free) event here - space is limited!

Wednesday
Jan282015

Registration open for “The Future of Water in Southeastern Massachusetts”

Press Release provided by the Watershed Action Alliance of Southeastern Massachusetts.

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Registration is now open for The Future of Water in Southeastern Massachusetts, a one-day conference organized by Watershed Action Alliance in partnership with Plimoth Plantation.  It will be held on Friday, April 24 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, MA. To register, click here. For more information, click here.

The conference will provide information and networking opportunities relevant to professionals and volunteers working or interested in water conservation, sustainable water management and river restoration.  Sessions include the four big areas in water conservation: stormwater, drinking water, recreational water and wastewater, as well as three crucial topics in nonprofit endeavors: fundraising, outreach, and science and data collection. For session descriptions and panelist biographies, click here.

The plenary speaker, Eric Walberg, is the Senior Program Leader in Climate Services at Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences. He will discuss past trends and future projections in temperature, precipitation and sea level rise for New England and the ramifications for watershed management.

An exhibit hall will feature displays and posters from nonprofit organizations, government agencies, businesses and students illustrating successes and some of the latest work in research, conservation, river restoration projects and techniques, and more. To register your display or poster, click here.

Water, critical to all of us, requires prudent management, realistic planning and effective regulation for protection of waterways, recreational areas, aquatic wildlife and drinking water. Our water resources are threatened by Increasing population and development pressures in southeastern Massachusetts. It is imperative that we work now to plan for a future with clean and plentiful water, restored rivers with abundant wildlife, and safe and efficient ways to treat wastewater and stormwater. Join Watershed Action Alliance and others at “The Future of Water in Southeastern Massachusetts” in striving toward this end.

Conference sponsors: Island Foundation, Sheehan Family Foundation, MA Division of Ecological Restoration, Mass Audubon: Shaping the Future of Your Community, Duxbury Cultural Council, Herring Ponds Watershed Association, Horsley Witten Group, Plymouth Area League of Women Voters, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, Massachusetts Bays Program, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Neponset River Watershed Association, North and South Rivers Watershed Association, Plymouth Cultural Council, Save the Bay, Six Ponds Improvement Association, Weir River Watershed Association, Wildlands Trust, and Halifax Cultural Council. To become a conference sponsor, click here.

For questions and comments, please email the conference coordinator: dorie.stolley@jhu.edu.

Tuesday
Jan272015

Mystic River Science Forum Feb. 23

Head to EPA Region 1 offices on Monday, February 23rd for the Mystic River Watershed Initiative Science Forum. The forum will include presentations and discussions  on local water quality and related topics. The meeting will be held at 5 Post Office Square, Boston and begins at 8:30 a.m. More details forthcoming.

Tuesday
Jan272015

2015 Water Chestnut Strategy

Join MyRWA’s Patrick Herron for a presentation on the Association’s popular Water Chestnut Removal Program. Patrick will provide an overview of the program which began in 2010 and detail MyRWA’s approach to tackling this invasive plant for 2015.

Patrick’s presentation will be followed by the Policy and Clean Water Campaign meetings at 8:00 p.m. The meeting is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

Join us on Tuesday, February 17th, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., at Tufts University, Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room. (The Lincoln Filene Center is within the Tisch College building) (Note: Date rescheduled to 2/17!)

 

Wednesday
Jan212015

MYSTIC WINTER BIRD OUTING with Paul Roberts

From the Friends of the Mystic River:

MYSTIC WINTER BIRD OUTING with Paul Roberts
Saturday, January 31, 2015
10:00 a.m. – Noon

Meet at 10 a.m. at the Mystic Lakes Dam. Park at the Medford Boat Club parking lot in Medford directly off the Mystic Valley Parkway. The parking lot is your first left about a half mile north of the Route 60 bridge crossing the Mystic.

Take a two-hour trip along the Mystic Lakes and the upper Mystic River to discover what birds can be found in the middle of winter, even an exceptionally cold one. Each year hundreds of birds winter on and around the Mystic River and Lakes as long as open water is available. We'll be looking for raptors, such as a possible Bald Eagle, Merlin or Red-tailed Hawk; waterfowl, including Common and Hooded Mergansers; and much more.

 Dress appropriately for the weather. In very cold weather, this means in layers with hat or cap, gloves, water resistant boots with tread.

Canceled in persistent rain or icy conditions; will go in snow as long as parking is open at the Mystic Lakes. Bring a birding field guide and binoculars if possible; there will be car pooling and very limited walking from the cars.

Walk leader Paul Roberts, of Medford, conducts classes and field trips and is a frequent speaker on raptors. He is the founder of Eastern Massachusetts Hawk Watch, an organization whose mission is to promote the study and conservation of hawks locally and on a continental scale by monitoring migration in Massachusetts.  He also is President of the Northeast Hawk Watch, and a director and former chair of the Hawk Migration Association of North America.

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Mystic River and the Menotomy Bird Club.

For more info call Paul Roberts at 781-483-4263 or email phawk254[AT]comcast.net or mystic02155[AT]hotmail.com.

http://www.fomr.org

Wednesday
Jan072015

Mystic River Watershed Water Quality Commission Established By State Legislature

The Mystic River Watershed Association is inspired that the state legislature has acted to empanel a commission to investigate water quality conditions in the Mystic River Watershed and to determine the ways in which water quality can be improved to support a healthy ecosystem and recreational opportunities. The thirteen member commission will include one member appointed from the Mystic River Watershed Association, the US EPA, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, the Mass Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and members from the House and Senate, among others. The commission will submit a report, including its recommendations for legislation necessary to carry its recommendations into effect, by July 31, 2017. Read the Bill here.

The Association wants to thank the many members of the Mystic River legislative caucus and especially lead sponsors of the bill, Representative Denise Provost and Senator Pat Jehlen. Cosponsors of the legislation include local legislators Representative Paul Donato, Representative Sean Garballey, Representative Tim Toomey, Representative Dave Rogers, Representative Jon Hecht, and Representative Carlo Basile; and Senator Sal DiDomenico, Senator William Brownsberger, and Senator Jason Lewis.

The formation of this commission is timely as evidenced by the annual Mystic River Watershed Report Card grade recently issued by the US EPA. Unfortunately for the fourth year in a row Mystic River Watershed water quality earned a report card grade of “D” for calendar year 2013. This means that while the Mystic River Watershed met state water quality standards for boating 83 percent of the time, swimming standards were met only 49 percent of the time. Read the press release here

“We are very encouraged that the legislature has through this initiative brought new focus and attention to water quality issues in the Mystic River Watershed,” stated EkOngKar Singh Khalsa, Executive Director of the Mystic River Watershed Association. “We look forward to working with the Commission to identify and implement the most effective ways to improve conditions in the Mystic River and its many tributaries.”

The Mystic River Watershed is a vital natural resource for the more than 500,000 people who live in 22 Mystic River communities.  For more information about the Mystic River Watershed Association please see www.MysticRiver.org.

Monday
Dec292014

Regional Stormwater Utility Workshop Announced

New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) is excited to announce the Stormwater Utility Workshop taking place on March 25th, 2015 at the Radisson Hotel in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

The regional workshop will bring together practitioners in a variety of environmental and management fields to share their experiences and information regarding stormwater utility development and implementation in the New England states and New York. Workshop participants will include representatives from state, federal, and municipal governments; the private sector; academia; and water resources programs and organizations. For more information, please visit www.neiwpcc.org/stormwaterutilityworkshop.

The workshop will feature a keynote presentation from national stormwater utility expert, Keith Readling! Keith Readling, PE, Vice President & Director of Stormwater Management Consulting, Raftelis Financial Consultants

Mr. Readling has 29 years of experience in municipal stormwater management and civil engineering. As an executive and leader of the Raftelis Stormwater Management Consulting Division, he has broad responsibilities for service delivery to clients across the U.S., with a particular focus on program and financial planning, stormwater utility, and enterprise fund data and systems development for local governments and utilities. Mr. Readling has consulted with many of the largest and most complex stormwater utilities in the U.S. and is one of the foremost authorities in the country regarding stormwater management programs, data, systems, and business processes. He has assisted with the establishment of 41 stormwater utilities in 14 states, serving as the lead consultant for 19 of them.

Monday
Dec222014

Invasive Species Internship - June 15-Aug 14, 2015 

June 15- Aug 14, 2015 (9 weeks)

Stipend provided ($2,500)

The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) seeks a motivated, well-organized and physically strong intern to assist in organizing an effort to remove the invasive species Water Chestnut (Trapa natans) from the Mystic River. This is part of the Water Chestnut Removal Project.

Responsibilities include organizing and leading water chestnut removal events with corporations, community groups and the general public and directing and managing teams of volunteers in canoes.  The intern will also use a small powerboat to remove plants from the river.  Event planning and organization begins in June; removal efforts will begin in late June with the majority of events occurring during the month of July and first week of August. This is a mostly outdoor, physically demanding internship that requires moving canoes and other gear and getting wet and dirty while remaining enthusiastic at events.

Interns will work both in and out of the office, and must be able to work independently and as a
member of a team. This is a full-time internship position with a stipend provided which requires a commitment of June 15 through August 14, 2015.  This is a great opportunity to be involved with a small non-profit doing work on behalf of the community and environment.  For more information about the Water Chestnut, visit our webpage here.

Qualifications:

Ability to navigate a canoe

Ability to lift 40 lbs.

Must be able to swim

Experience in public speaking

Organized and detail-oriented

 

 

Excellent interpersonal skills and great attitude

Applicants must be able to occasionally work evenings, early mornings, and weekends

Reliable transportation required (mileage reimbursed)

Candidates must be 18 years of age or older

 

Additional desirable skills: First aid and CPR certified, life guard certification, experience driving a 15 foot motor boat, familiarity with the Mystic River and experience in event planning.

The Mystic River Watershed Association is an equal opportunity employer.
Deadline to apply is March 1, 2015
. Applications reviewed as received.

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to WQInternship@MysticRiver.org with Invasive Species Internship in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Monday
Dec222014

Spring 2015: Paid Internship with the Mystic River Watershed Association

The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) seeks a motivated intern to assist in corporate and volunteer recruitment for the  Water Chestnut Removal Program and the Herring Monitoring Program.

The intern will work in the office with staff on both programs as the Water Chestnut Removal Coordinator and the Herring Monitoring Program Coordinator. Primary duties for the water chestnut removal program include researching and recruiting area businesses, coordinating and scheduling volunteer groups, and developing outreach materials as needed.  Primary duties for herring monitoring include development of outreach materials, coordinating and interacting with more than 70 volunteer monitors, and conducting public outreach and data entry.

Qualifications:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience in public speaking
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite
  • Experience recruiting and managing volunteers is a plus
  • Experience working with businesses is an asset

The intern will work both in and out of the office, and must be able to work independently and as a team.
The intern is expected to invest 15-20 hours per work week from Feb. 2nd – May 29th. An interest in science, environmental education, development and advocacy is encouraged.

Candidates must be 18 years of age or older. Exact dates can be flexible depending on the candidate.
This position will pay a $2,000 stipend.

If interested, please send your letter of interest and resume to internopps@mysticriver.org. No phone calls please. The Mystic River Watershed Association is an equal opportunity employer.

Deadline for application: January 18, 2015.

Friday
Dec192014

MYSTIC RIVER RECEIVES "D" GRADE FOR 2013 WATER QUALITY

click to enlargeThe Mystic River Watershed water quality earned a report card grade of “D” for calendar year 2013. The grade is based on bacterial contamination found in analyzed samples that were collected by MyRWA volunteers in 2013 at 15 monitoring sites throughout the entire watershed.

While water quality in the main stem of the Mystic River from Medford to Boston Harbor has been consistently good, a majority of the data collected in the tributary streams that feed the Mystic River indicate that water quality in those areas has remained poor. During 2013, the Mystic River Watershed met state water quality standards for boating 83% of the time, while swimming standards were met only 49% of the time.

“The U.S. EPA grade reflects the fact that environmental conditions in the Mystic River fall short of the expectations of the Clean Water Act. While the Mystic River is safe for boating more than 90 percent of the time, important tributaries of the watershed – Alewife Brook, the Aberjona and Malden Rivers and others – are severely impaired and contribute a significant amount of pollution into these waters. Our organization is asking U.S. EPA and MassDEP for their help in developing a clear plan and pathway to improved conditions within a reasonable time horizon. The Charles River and Boston Harbor have celebrated extraordinary improvements in water quality. We look forward to when we can include the Mystic River in this environmental success story,” said EkOngKar Singh Khalsa, Executive Director of the Mystic River Watershed Association.

Read more about the EPA issued grade here.

View the full map here.

Monday
Dec152014

Mystic River Watershed Association Selected as Root Cause Social Innovator!

Root Cause’s Social Innovation Forum has named the Mystic River Watershed Association as one of seven nonprofit organizations in Greater Boston to receive more than $135,000 in cash and capacity-building services from Root Cause and its partners. The Association was chosen to join the team of 2015 “Social Innovators” for the Urban Sustainability: Greener and More Resilient Cities social issue track, sponsored by the Schrafft Charitable Trust. The Social Innovation Forum will accelerate the performance of these innovative, results-oriented nonprofit organizations by providing financial and capacity building support along with access to a network of funders, business leaders, and social issue experts.

Evaluation and interview committees made up of more than 60 social issue experts from the business, government, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors reviewed upwards of 100 applications to select the 2015 Social Innovators – all of which are at an exciting inflection point and have compelling missions, strong leadership and vision, a desire to improve, and significant growth potential.

“This is an exciting opportunity for the Association to reflect, grow and launch ourselves into the next chapter of our work with the extraordinary support and guidance of Root Cause,” said EkOngKar Singh Khalsa, Executive Director of the Mystic River Watershed Association.

MyRWA was selected for its in-depth work to document water quality conditions, to engage thousands of volunteers each year through its various environmental restoration programs, to promote local environmental advocacy and to advance successful climate change adaptation strategies in the 22 community watershed.

Root Cause’s Social Innovation Forum provides a unique opportunity for forward looking nonprofit organizations and social enterprises to gain visibility, expand their networks, and build capacity. Through this 24-month long project, Association staff will receive extensive professional consulting, executive coaching, and other in-kind services. MyRWA will also have the opportunity to participate in various networking events and become part of the Social Innovation Forum’s growing circle of nonprofit, business, government, and foundation leaders. The Social Innovators will present their work to leaders from the local public, private and nonprofit sectors at Root Cause’s 12th Annual Social Innovator Showcase on May 6, 2015.

Since 2003, Root Cause’s Social Innovation Forum has been working to create a social impact market that distributes resources to organizations based on performance in order to most efficiently and effectively solve social problems in Greater Boston. Since its founding the Social Innovation Forum has worked with over 70 organizations to help them scale and sustain their work, increasing their ability to address our most pressing social issues. For more information about Root Cause see www.rootcause.org.

The Mystic River Watershed Association joins Catie’s Closet; Company One Theatre; Courageous Parents Network; Massachusetts Public Health Association; Press Pass TV; and Waypoint Adventure as Root Cause’s selected Social Innovators for 2015.

MyRWA couldn't be happier about this exciting partnership for 2015. Thank you to the Schrafft Charitable Trust and Root Cause for the privilege to work together!

Friday
Dec122014

Storm Causes Large Sanitary Sewer Overflows

The Mystic River Watershed experienced significant Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) events this week – the first of its kind since March 2010. The overflows resulted from the estimated 4 inches of rain received Wednesday, December 10th, overwhelming infrastructure and forcing overflows of stormwater mixed with untreated sewage into our waterways. Storm events of this kind are expected to increase in the future, demonstrating the need to update our infrastructure to accommodate large storm events. MyRWA anticipates that a high volume of SSO water was released into the environment and will report the data once received.

Read more about Sanitary Sewer Overflows here.

Tuesday
Dec092014

Come Learn about the Mystic River Herring Run, 1/6/15

On Tuesday, January 6, 2015 please plan to attend the Mystic River Watershed Association’s monthly Committee Meeting to hear from Ben Gahagan, Diadromous Fish Biologist with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

For more than two years Ben Gahagan has worked for the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, including analyzing the Mystic River herring run and others across the Commonwealth. Ben will provide an overview of the Mystic River herring run – data collected through volunteer efforts with the Herring Monitoring Program – as well as a comparison to other runs in the area. Come learn more about these fascinating fish that call the Mystic home each spring!

Ben’s presentation will be followed by the Policy and Clean Water Campaign meetings. This meeting is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

Join us on January 6, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., at Tufts University, Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room. (The Lincoln Filene Center is within the Tisch College building)

Friday
Dec052014

12/9/14: Stormwater Management; Finance Options

You're invited to this public presentation!

Arlington Engineering Division continues to host its Stormwater Awareness Series. The next presentation; "Stormwater Management; Finance Options” will be presented by Julie Conroy, AICP, Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC).  She will present information prepared by MAPC and discuss financing mechanisms for Stormwater Management and provide details about a new toolkit available to Municipalities to consider while managing or preparing an effective stormwater management and maintenance program.
 
The presentation will be held on December 9th, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Selectmen's Hearing Room at the Arlington Town Hall. 2nd Floor, 730 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington MA. For additional information on the Arlington Stormwater Awareness series, including links to ACMi online archives of past sessions please visit arlingtonma.gov/engineering.