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July 30
Community Water Chestnut Removal Event, 9am - 12pm
Blessing of the Bay Boathouse, 32 Shore Dr., Someville
Register here

Aug 2
Committee Meeting, 7-9PM
Tufts University, Tisch College of Citizenship & Public Service, Lincoln Filene Hall, Rabb Room, 10 Upper Campus Road, Medford
Guest speaker: ELM's Erica Mattison will discuss environmental advocacy

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


Mystic Community Earth Day is organized by many community groups and organizations in the Mystic River Watershed to coordinate efforts around Earth Day, April 22, 2016. Events are being held on Saturday April 23rd, April 30th and May 7th to bring attention to our shared parks, trails, rivers and lakes. We hope that you'll find an event that interests you!



Friends of Alewife Reservation & DCR Park Serve Day Cleanup
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Cambridge
Meet just outside the Alewife MBTA station at the passenger pickup area. Groups will head into Alewife Reservation and towards Arlington.
Contact: (617)-415-1884 or

Mystic River Watershed Association's Earth Day River Cleanup & DCR Park Serve Day Cleanup
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Torbert MacDonald Park, Medford
Join us to remove litter and invasive plants! Meet in the DCR MacDonald Park parking lot off of route 16 next to the MA State Police. (MAP here) The event is accessible by the MBTA Wellington Station on the Orange Line. All supplies will be provided. Rain or shine. 
Contact: Beth at 781-316-3438

Medford Community Coalition Clean-up
10:00 a.m. - noon, Medford Square clean-up
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 

Friends of the Fells and 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

Spring Cleanup/Comcast Cares Day
, sponsored by Groundwork Somerville, the City of Somerville and Comcast
9:00 a.m. breakfast/kickoff at Blessing of the Bay Boathouse; 10:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. cleanup at 12 sites across the City. 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,


Friends of the Mystic River 21st annual Mystic River Spring Cleanup

9:30 a.m. - 1:00 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: www.fomr.org781-391-2604 or

The Winchester Conservation Commission is sponsoring its annual Aberjona River Cleanup on Saturday, May 7 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





Here are some things to consider: You’ll need gloves, trash bags, a dumpster or way to dispose of the garbage collected (often the DPW will assist), hand sanitizer and lots of volunteers.

Volunteers are needed in West Medford for an ongoing monthly clean-up of the Lower Mystic Lake area. Join a dedicated group of neighbors who take turns cleaning up. Contact Barbara to get involved!

Check in with the Friends of the Mystic River, a Medford-based community organization, who often organize river cleanups.




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