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Jan 6
Committee Meeting, 7-9PM
Tufts University, Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room
*Guest speaker: Mass Division of Marine Fisheries will present about the Mystic River herring run

Jan 22
Friends of the Malden River meeting, 6:30-8:00PM
location to be determined

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.
 
Monday
Dec012014

Environmental GIS Intern Opportunity

Spring Internship with MyRWA!

The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) seeks a GIS Intern to assist in a project investigating relationships between water quality data from stormwater systems and features of stormwater infrastructure, land use, population, and other variables.  The GIS intern may be asked to assist in other data projects, if appropriate.

The GIS Intern will develop, edit, verify, and analyze spatial data related to drainage basins, municipal stormwater infrastructure, and water quality within the Mystic River Watershed.  Experience with ArcGIS software and fluency with Excel are required.     

Interns will learn about efforts that a watershed association undertakes to advocate for water quality improvements. The intern must be able to work independently and as a team. This is a part-time position that requires a commitment of two to three days a week during the Monday through Friday work week. Position begins in January and concludes mid-April - exact dates can be flexible depending on the candidate.

An interest in science, the environment and advocacy is encouraged. 
This is an unpaid position.

 Since 1972, MyRWA has played a unique role in the whole of the watershed by its science, advocacy, and outreach efforts. 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.

If interested, please send your resume to WQInternship@MysticRiver.org. No phone calls please.

Deadline for application: January 4, 2015.

Wednesday
Nov262014

Governor Signs Environmental Justice Executive Order

On November 25, 2014 Governor Deval Patrick signed into law an Executive Order on Environmental Justice that directs all state agencies to devote resources to protect the health, safety and environment for the most vulnerable residents of the Commonwealth. He was joined by the Massachusetts Environmental Justice Alliance (MA EJ Alliance), comprised of environmental and social justice organizing and grassroots groups from across the state.

Massachusetts became the eighth state in the country to pass an Executive Order on Environmental Justice. Environmental justice populations reside in 137 of the Commonwealth's 351 municipalities, including communities in the Mystic River Watershed such as Chelsea, East Boston, Malden and Everett. Residents in these communities, who are mostly low-income and people of color, live with substantially greater risk of exposure to environmental health hazards than the general population.

MyRWA applauds the Governor and the many environmental justice advocates for this great achievement! MyRWA will continue to advocate for policies that advance environmental protection, equity, and public health within the 22-community Mystic River Watershed.

Learn more about the event at our partners website, Alternatives of Community and Environment (ACE).

Wednesday
Nov262014

Spring Internship: Herring Monitoring Program Coordinator

The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) seeks a Herring Monitoring Program Coordinator to assist in a scientific study on river herring populations from March 2nd to July 1st, 2015.

The Herring Monitoring Program Coordinator will assist in the volunteer-run Herring Monitoring Program that will gather data on one of the most significant spawning runs for river herring in Massachusetts. The program is designed to collect data on the presence, absence and temporal data that yields needed information on population size and health. The intern will also learn about efforts that a watershed association undertakes to advocate for water quality improvements.

Primary duties include herring monitoring at the Upper Mystic Lake Dam in Medford, coordinating and interacting with more than 70 volunteer monitors, and conducting public outreach and data entry. The intern may also develop education and outreach materials for the program and organize and recruit volunteers to monitor herring.

The intern will work both in and out of the office, and must be able to work independently and as a team. Experience in public speaking, Microsoft Excel and strong organizational skills are required, and experience in Microsoft Access would be a plus. This is a part-time position, approximately 15-20 hours per week. The candidate should be available remotely 4-5 days per week.

An interest in science, environmental education and advocacy is encouraged. Having reliable transportation is preferred and mileage will be reimbursed. Candidates must be 16 years of age or older. Exact dates can be flexible depending on the candidate. This is an unpaid position.

If interested, please send your letter of interest and resume to HMInternship@MysticRiver.org. No phone calls please. Deadline for application: January 16, 2015.

Thursday
Nov132014

J.P. Noonan Transportation Penalized for 9,600-Gallon Oil Spill into the Mystic River in 2013

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection issued the following news release on November 12, 2014.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has reached two settlements, totaling $55,100 and $7,187 respectively, with J.P. Noonan Transportation, Inc. of West Bridgewater for Natural Resource Damages (NRD) and Clean Water Act violations that resulted from a 9,600-gallon home-heating oil spill into the Mystic River on May 31, 2013.

The spill occurred on Route 60 in Arlington when an oil tanker truck crashed while going around a rotary on the Mystic Valley Parkway. As a result of the crash, the 10,000-gallon compartment of the tanker was breached, dumping nearly all of its contents onto the roadway, which then flowed into storm drains and subsequently into the nearby Mystic River. Emergency response crews from Arlington, Medford, other nearby towns, MassDEP and a private contractor hired by J.P. Noonan were able to contain and clean up virtually all of the oil that spilled during the ensuing days and weeks.

"The recovery of the Mystic River and its continued protection will not be set back by this unfortunate incident," said MassDEP Commissioner David Cash. "The NRD Trust will use the settlement to directly assist in repairing the damage done to natural resources there, and the funds will help MassDEP continue our important work protecting the environment from a host of hazardous materials."

"We are very happy that MassDEP has successfully pursued Natural Resource Damages in response to this spill," said Mystic River Watershed Association Executive Director EkOngKar Singh Khalsa. "Support for the restoration of the Mystic River provided through this settlement is an important component of strong state and local response to the accident. MassDEP emergency response and local fire and DPW personnel also deserve much credit for fast action that prevented more catastrophic impacts from this oil release."

In April 2014, J.P. Noonan submitted documentation stating that all necessary remediation responses had been completed and a permanent cleanup had been achieved along the river in the Arlington and Medford areas. The cost of that cleanup was borne by J.P. Noonan as the responsible party, and its insurance company.

The $55,100 settlement for NRD damages will be deposited in to the NRD Trust, which is administered by MassDEP, and will eventually fund projects that will restore natural resources that were damaged by the oil spilled into the Mystic River. The restoration projects are expected to improve water quality within the river in the area of the spill. The $7,187 penalty is to resolve the Clean Water Act violations that occurred as a result of the spill.

MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.

Tuesday
Nov112014

Support MyRWA while shopping at Amazon.com

Did you know you can support MyRWA while shopping at AmazonSmile - at no cost to you? The next time you visit Amazon, be sure to designate the Mystic River Watershed Association as the recipient organization of AmazonSmile's donations. Just visit AmazonSmile to start. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to MyRWA with no cost to you. Thanks for your support!

Mystic River Watershed Association.
Friday
Nov072014

Planning for Climate Change, Dec. 2

On Tuesday, Dec. 2nd please plan to attend Mystic River Watershed Association’s monthly Committee Meeting to hear from John Bolduc, Environmental Planner for the City of Cambridge from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

John Bolduc has been the City’s environmental planner in the Community Development Department since 1997. During John’s tenure he has played a key role in alerting the City to the dangers posed by climate change and helping to fashion the City’s response: the City’s Climate Protection Plan. He will also be reviewing the recently released report, The Urban Implications of Living with Water.

John’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 December 2, 7-9 p.m., at Tufts University, Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room.

Tuesday
Oct282014

Chelsea Creek, Malden River Receive Funding

The Patrick administration awarded nearly $239,000 in grants to projects in the Chelsea and Malden/Medford areas that will help to repair damage done to natural resources from past oil spills into the Lower Mystic River Watershed and open up these restored areas to the public.
The funds, awarded through the Massachusetts Natural Resource Damages (NRD) Trust, will provide $220,205 to the Chelsea Collaborative, Inc. for a project to repair damage done to Chelsea Creek and Mill Creek, and provide $18,505 to the Mystic Valley Development Commission to repair damage done to the watershed that includes the Malden River and the Lower Mystic River in Medford.

Read more here.

Saturday
Oct252014

Silver Maple Forest Update

As you may know, the Silver Maple Forest in Belmont has been the site of a controversial development for some time. In the last week the developer has cut down many of the trees. This has been met with civil disobedience and has resulted in 13 people being arrested on trespassing charges. A temporary restraining order against tree-clearing in the Silver Maple Forest went into place late Monday morning (10/20), after a weekend in which developers went on cutting as a judge mulled the issues. The restraining order was then reversed on Tuesday.

In light of all that is going on with the forest, the City of Cambridge Committee on Health and Environment will hold a hearing on the impact of the Silver Maple development on the Alewife flood plain on Tuesday, Oct. 28th at 3 p.m., 831 Massachusetts Avenue, Basement Conference Room, Central Square, Cambridge. EkOngKar Singh Khalsa, Executive Director, Mystic River Watershed Association will be on the panel with many qualified scientists.

MyRWA Executive Director EkOngKar Singh Khalsa recently wrote an opinion piece, Forest Preservation versus Development along the Alewife, which you can read here.

The Cambridge Day newspaper has several articles on recent events. Photo from Cambridge Day.

We'll be sure to keep you updated on this situation!

Friday
Oct242014

hearing on the impact of the Silver Maple development on the flood plain

The City of Cambridge Committee on Health and Environment will hold a hearing on the impact of the Silver Maple development on the flood plain on Tuesday October 28th at 3 p.m., 831 Massachusetts Avenue, Basement Conference Room, Central Square, Cambridge.

Hear expert testimony from:

Dr. Bruce L. Jacobs, Vice President of HydroAnalysis, Inc., has 20 years’ experience as an environmental engineer, in groundwater hydrology and containment transport, storm water management and surface water quality.

Dr. Charles Katuska with 25 years as a Certified Wetlands Scientist, has focused on this Forest, in addition to serving on many State conservation commissions.

EkOngKar Singh Khalsa is Executive Director of the Mystic River Watershed Association, with 25 years professional experience in environmental affairs, low impact development and brownfields restoration.

Dr. Amy Mertl, Assistant Professor of Biology at Lesley University, specializes in Entomology.

Dr. David Morimoto is Associate Professor of Biology, Director of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Natural Science and Mathematics program.

 

Wednesday
Oct222014

Forest Preservation versus Development along the Alewife

By EkOngKar Singh Khalsa, Executive Director, Mystic River Watershed Association

Over the weekend a stand of mature silver maple trees were felled in the Town of Belmont.  While this event was enormously important to local activists that have worked for ten years to preserve this small forest, for the most part few people noticed. 

The trees are being removed to make way for a 300 unit apartment building being constructed under Chapter 40B – the Massachusetts Law intended to promote affordable housing in the Commonwealth. This law allows developers to ignore the land use restrictions and environmental protection provided by local zoning bylaws.  In this case, Chapter 40B creates a pathway for the construction of extraordinarily dense development in an already over-stressed ecosystem. 

The parcel on which this project is proposed is located adjacent to Alewife Reservation, a tiny remainder of green space in a former wetland long ago filled for residential and commercial use on the border of Cambridge, Belmont and Arlington.  Once constructed, the new project will send stormwater runoff into local waterways, including Little River and Alewife Brook, where leaking and overflowing stormwater and sewer systems cause significant water quality impairment.  The entire sub-watershed in which these 300 units will reside is also subject to significant flooding during moderate to severe storm events – all predicted to worsen as climate change impacts become more intensely felt in New England.

Environmental advocates are continuing efforts to prevent the development.  Recent protest actions resulted in the arrests of thirteen local residents (read more here). There is still a chance that the land can be placed into conservation – but from the start this has been an uphill battle. 

Why is this project being constructed? Why were none of the efforts to preserve this land successful so far?

The answer is simple.  As a result of the number of housing units permitted under Chapter 40B, the price of the property moved out of reach from even the most avid conservationists.  Without these permits, the land value is substantially reduced, acquisition becomes possible and sellers become more willing as their development options become more limited.  The fact is that the forest is being removed so that the goals and objectives of affordable housing and transit oriented development advocates can be realized.  Unfortunately in cases such as this, much is sacrificed when impacts to the local natural environment do not receive appropriate consideration or accurate assessment under the law.

This is an important concern in the Mystic River watershed.  Unless there is more attention to and funding for the preservation of open space in urban areas such as ours it is certain that the next generation will be working to unwind the impacts of the poor planning decisions we make now.

The intense development pressures along Route 2 in the Alewife Brook sub-watershed are not the only major challenges looming for the Mystic.  The Metro North Land Use Priority Plan, a collaboration between the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the Executive Offices of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) and Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA), and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), proposes to construct more than 40,000 new housing units in the next 15 years in East Boston and Charlestown in Boston, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Revere, Somerville and Winthrop – all communities in the Mystic River watershed.

While there is consideration given in this plan to what are called Priority Preservation Areas, stronger measures must be taken to protect, preserve and restore local waterways and open space.  If not mother nature will once again lose out to the need for additional jobs and housing in Mystic River communities north of Boston.

I am certain it is not the intention of these planners or housing advocates like the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance, the Citizen’s Housing and Planning Association, or the Massachusetts Housing Alliance to preside over the destruction of the last of a flood plain forest.  Unfortunately this is the result when public policy ignores the long term value of vital environmental resources like the Silver Maple Forest.

It is time to rewrite the conditions associated with Chapter 40B permitting to make sure that stronger consideration is given to project impacts upon wetlands, stressed waterways and flood plains and more intensive review is provided of environmental impacts in general.  Over the last 40 years, the work of the Mystic River Watershed Association and others has brought great improvement to the local natural environment.  We know that affordable housing and environmental protection need not be at odds. Now is the time to take a new look at environmental conditions in densely developed communities so that sensible decisions are made when we locate new development – especially development designed under Chapter 40B.

 

Thursday
Oct162014

Oaktree Appellants Award Mystic River Watershed Association

EK Khalsa, Carolyn Mieth & Minka vanBeuzekom.On October 7, 2014 the Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) was grateful to receive $30,000 from the Oaktree Appellants, a group of local activists. This funding will be used to restore environmental conditions in the Alewife Brook sub-watershed which includes parts of Cambridge, Belmont, Somerville and Arlington, MA.

The history and source of this funding will define the work Mystic River Watershed Association undertakes through this grant. In the early 2000’s the Oaktree Appellant activists objected to a proposed residential development adjacent to the Alewife MBTA station based upon the excessive size of the project, the high levels of traffic it would generate and the lack of sufficient flood storage on site. An appeal to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection approval of the development plan was filed by Oaktree Appellants and subsequently a lawsuit was filed by the developer against these individual litigants. Funding provided to the Mystic River Watershed Association under this grant is derived from the settlement of these suits, totaling $135,000. This funding, under the terms of the settlement, must be used for improvement of the Alewife floodplain. The Mystic River Watershed Association’s expertise and experience in the Alewife area will ensure that is how the funds are deployed.

Friday
Oct102014

Wynn Resorts Development on the Mystic, By EkOngKar Singh Khalsa

For the past eighteen months, the Mystic River Watershed Association has closely followed proposed plans for hotel/casino facilities on the banks of the Mystic River in Everett. Now that the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has voted to award a casino license to Wynn Everett it is important to reflect upon the ways that this enormous project may change the Mystic River Watershed.

From our very first comments, the Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) has encouraged both the proponent and the Gaming Commission that Wynn Resorts has an extraordinary opportunity and an obligation to make significant contributions to the revitalization of the Mystic River waterfront and to restoration of natural habitat, including water quality, as part of its efforts. It remains our position that the Wynn Resorts team can make a big difference – there are certainly many opportunities for good work.

MyRWA pointed out in its comments on the Environmental Notification Form (ENF), for example, that emergence of new salt marsh adjacent to the project site gave evidence that restoration of river bank and tidal habitat was feasible at the Wynn property. MyRWA recommended a more naturalist approach to site development and to the water’s edge. At the same time, we recommended substantial increases in public open space and access and urged that off-site connections be made to allow for improved pedestrian and bicycle circulation along the waterfront. The Wynn Resorts development team embraced these concepts and substantially modified their design. Expanded public open space along a new “Living Shoreline” was included in subsequent iterations of the Wynn development plan.

We applaud these efforts to expand and enhance public open space and to restore nearby tidal and wetland areas. This innovative approach can serve as an important model for future development and salt marsh and habitat restoration along the Mystic River. The “Living Shoreline” will provide greater capacity for storm surges and sea level rise and will allow these to be more naturally attenuated. Proposed improvements of area bicycle and pedestrian pathways will help connect visitors to the local natural environment and to the Mystic River.

Restoration of this long vacant Brownfield to productive use can provide substantial benefit to Mystic River communities and to water quality and natural life. It is important however that Wynn Resorts continues to do more to protect and preserve the Mystic River and its watershed and MyRWA will steadfastly advocate for those results.

There will be many things to consider as this project moves forward through the permitting process – traffic, impacts on local businesses and surrounding communities and apprehensions about expanded gaming in the Commonwealth. We respect the concerns our members and residents of Mystic River communities have with regard to these issues. Our focus will remain on the health and well being of the Mystic River. From our perspective, the size and scope of the development warrants that proponents ensure this project produces overwhelmingly positive results for the Mystic River and the local natural environment.

The Mystic River Watershed Association will continue to closely monitor plans for the Wynn Resorts development and will remain in close contact with the development team and with relevant authorities during the permit stages.

We are encouraged by improvements to the site plan made to date, by proposed mitigations and by the stated commitment of the Wynn Resorts development team to set high standards of excellence with regard to site design and environmental protection. We will certainly keep our members and concerned stakeholders closely posted.

Sincerely,

EkOngKar Singh Khalsa, Executive Director

 

Thursday
Oct092014

Mystic River Water Chestnut Update

What is that weed blanketing the Mystic River? What is that giant orange contraption sucking it up?

What you may have observed on the Mystic River this summer was removal of the invasive plant water chestnut. While water chestnut would literally take over the river from shore to shore, the Mystic River Watershed Association and many partners battled the invasive plant with the help of mechanical harvesters – those large orange contraptions – and by organizing volunteer hand-pulling events. 

Water chestnut (Trapa natans) is native to Asia, Europe and Africa. It was introduced in 1897 by a gardener as an ornamental plant in Fresh Pond in Cambridge. Since then, it has spread to rivers and lakes throughout the Commonwealth. Eradication efforts of water chestnuts in the Mystic River have been ongoing. Beginning in 2010 the Mystic River Watershed Association has aggressively combated water chestnuts by partnering with municipalities, local organizations, boat clubs, corporations and community members.

We are happy to report that in 2014 we had our most successful year yet! We hosted a record number of events this summer – 19 – by partnering with 34 corporations and community groups. All in all, we engaged more than 940 volunteers to hand-pull 6,603 baskets of water chestnuts from Whole Foods in Medford to Mystic Wellington Yacht Club across from Assembly Row. That is, of course, not to mention the 1,000 tons (2,000,000 lbs.) of water chestnuts removed by the mechanical harvester. By working together, we cleared 2.3 miles of the Mystic River of this invasive plant and filled fourteen 30-yard dumpsters with plant material!

As the fifth season of the Water Chestnut Removal Project comes to a close we have been reflecting on the amount of time and energy that goes into this project. Luckily we are not alone in what can seem like an uphill battle. We are fortunate to work with many partners in this effort, including the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, river boat and yacht clubs, Tufts University, Charles River Canoe and Kayak, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Cities of Medford and Somerville. We also enjoy strong support from our corporate partners including Wynn Resorts, Biogen Idec, AIR Worldwide and the many other local companies listed below. This invasive weed wreaks havoc on many rivers throughout New England. With continued efforts we can control water chestnuts in the Mystic…but we do need community support, and will be seeking volunteers at these fun on-the-water events again next summer!

 

For more information see http://mysticriver.org/water-chestnut-removal-project/.

Wednesday
Oct082014

MassBays Green Infrastructure Workshops Offered

MassBays Green Infrastructure Workshops - In October, MassBays will host four Green Infrastructure Workshops, Using Green Infrastructure to Treat and Control Stormwater in Coastal Communities. These workshops will be held across the MassBays planning region to present an upcoming handbook developed in partnership with EPA for MA departments of public works and planning, conservation commissions and agents, and nonprofits concerned about water quality in coastal ecosystems. Each workshop will include a case study and step-by-step process to install infrastructure that utilizes natural processes to treat and manage runoff. The workshops will be held on October 23 in Danvers (North Shore region), October 24 in Milton (MetroBoston region), October 28 in Barnstable (Cape Cod, and October 29 in Pembroke (South Shore).

For more information and to register, see the workshops web page.

 

Monday
Oct062014

Wynn Resorts development on the Mystic River

Please plan on attending a public presentation and discussion forum on environmental issues associated with the proposed Wynn Resort development project on the banks of the Mystic River in Everett.

This major development will prospectively bring many changes to the Mystic River watershed, including the clean-up of a waterfront Brownfield site that has been vacant for decades. Representatives from the Wynn Resorts development team will be available to answer your questions about plans for this project. Come learn more about ways this important proposal may affect the Mystic River watershed.

The event, sponsored by Mystic River Watershed Association and hosted by Tufts University will be held on Tuesday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m. at Tufts University, 51 Winthrop Street, Medford, MA.

Monday
Oct062014

Mystic River Celebration Oct. 11th!

Spend the afternoon at the Condon at Medford's biggest arts festival on Saturday, October 11 from 12-4 PM - and come stop by the MyRWA table! The event features musical performances by Black Sea Salsa, bluegrass band Chasing Blue, Medford’s own Susan Cattaneo, and Will Dailey, three-time winner of the Boston Music Award for Best Singer/Songwriter. Artisans, local food, dance performances, a public art installation, live art-making, and a variety of programs and activities will fill this beautiful afternoon along the banks of the Mystic River. The Condon Shell is located just off of Route 16. The Mystic River Celebration is produced by the Coalition for Arts, Culture, and a Healthy Economy (CACHE in Medford, Inc.) and is funded in part by Brookline Bank and the Medford Arts Council. www.medfordfestival.org

Mystic River Celebration
Saturday, October 11, 2014
12 – 4 PM
Condon Shell (2501 Mystic Valley Parkway), Medford, MA

www.medfordfestival.org