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About Us


The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) was founded in 1972 with a mission to protect and restore the Mystic River, its tributaries and watershed lands for the benefit of present and future generations and to celebrate the value, importance and great beauty of these natural resources. MyRWA accomplishes this work through the efforts of professional staff and thousands of volunteers working together on a project-by-project basis.

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2015 - 2020 Strategic Plan

Tobin Bridge. ©Christopher Naitza

Tobin Bridge. ©Christopher Naitza

Goals and Strategies

I. Restore water quality and healthy habitat

Clean water is key to a healthy watershed and a diverse and robust river ecology. By providing accurate information about existing conditions and a defined way forward toward improvement, MyRWA will ensure local and regional resources are applied effectively to eliminate pollution sources and to restore healthy water chemistry and natural habitat.

Ii. Protect public health

Urban waterways may be contaminated and can pose a health risk to people who use them. By gathering, analyzing, and reporting data on bacteria and other contaminants, MyRWA aims to inform the public of risks and to find and stop the sources of pollution.

Iii. Connect people to the mystic

MyRWA will engage people in the life of the river to encourage them to realize the river’s value and to become more informed and inspired environmental advocates and stewards.

IV. Increase climate resilience

To address the challenges of climate change in New England, MyRWA will work with partners to examine precipitation, flooding, drought and temperature scenarios, risks to ecosystem services, people and property and opportunities for building resilience into the watershed.

V. Build organizational capacity

In order for MyRWA to continue to strengthen its influence and impact, the organization will develop a sustainable and diversified revenue stream and will build staff and Board capacity.