The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) was founded in 1972 to protect and restore natural resources in the 22-community watershed. MyRWA accomplishes this work through the efforts of professional staff and thousands of volunteers working together on a project-by-project basis.
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.
SELECT ACHIEVEMENTS & AWARDS
- Won 2017 Learning Network Expert Award from the Urban Waters Learning Network, a program funded by EPA and led by a partnership between River Network and Groundwork USA.
- Named a 2015 Social Innovator as part of Root Cause’s Social Innovation Forum.
- Awarded the 2014 Education and Public Service Award by the Board of Directors of the Universities Council on Water Resources.
- Selected to join the nation’s Urban Waters Federal Partnership in 2013.
- Launched the Herring Monitoring Program in 2012, recruiting a record number of volunteer citizen scientists to help in this effort.
- MyRWA's Patrick Herron received an Environmental Merit Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- Spearheaded the Water Chestnut Removal Project in 2010, forging partnerships with municipalities, yacht clubs, corporations and community groups to aid in the control of this invasive plant.
2015 - 2020 Strategic Plan
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.