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April 25
MyRWA Earth Day Cleanup, 9AM-Noon
MacDonald Park, Medford
RSVP

April 25, May 2, May 9
Mystic Community Earth Day
Various locations

May 12 *Note date change
Committee Meeting, 7-9PM
Tufts University, Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room

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

 

WATER CHESTNUT REMOVAL PROJECT

Photo by David Mussina. 8/4/12 water chestnut removal event at Blessing of the Bay Boathouse, Somerville, MA.

 

Eradication efforts of water chestnut, an invasive plant clogging the Mystic River and elsewhere in the watershed, have been ongoing since 2010. MyRWA is aggressively combating water chestnuts by partnering with municipalities, local environmental organizations, boat clubs, corporations and community members to hand-pull the plant and obtain funding for a mechanical harvester.

In 2014 we engaged 941 volunteers to hand-pull 6,603 baskets of water chestnuts, not to mention thousands of tons removed by the mechanical harvester. This year's Community Water Chestnut Removal Events are complete, but you can view a time-lapse video and event photos here! Watch the Somerville Neighborhood News video.

If you would like to get your workplace, community organization, church, club or neighborhood involved in water chestnut removal in 2015 please contact the MyRWA office at 781-316-3438 or email waterchestnut@mysticriver.org.

 

2015 EVENTS

Join us for some fun at a Saturday community hand-pulling day on June 27, July 18, and August 1! Event sign-up coming soon. All supplies are provided for these family friendly events.

 

WHAT IS A WATER CHESTNUT?

Why is water chestnut a problem and how did it get here? Find out more about water chestnuts in the Mystic River Watershed here.

 

PHOTO LIBRARY

View 2014 community and corporate water chestnut removal event photos here!

 

THANKS TO THE MANY HELPING HANDS THAT MAKE THIS WORK POSSIBLE!

Community Water Chestnut Removal, July 2013. Photo by David Mussina.MyRWA would like to thank the following for their support of the water chestnut removal efforts in 2014:

 

 

 

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