2015 proved to be an exciting year for the Mystic River Watershed Association as we continued to work to improve environmental conditions across the 22 community watershed and connect people to the river. Below are select highlights from the year.
Mystic River: B+ water quality! MyRWA, together with the EPA, developed a new grading system for the yearly EPA-issued Mystic River Water Quality Report Card. The new grading system provides nuanced water quality information based on specific water body.
MyRWA was selected as a Root Cause Social Innovator, receiving more than $135,000 in cash and capacity-building services from Root Cause and its partners. MyRWA’s EK Khalsa presented his pitch at the 2015 Social Innovation Forum Showcase to an audience of 300+ potential funders.
477,827 +/- 40,674 river herring passed through the Mystic Lakes fish ladder to spawn. This is a 100% increase over the counts in the previous three years of MyRWA’s Herring Monitoring Program.
966 volunteers worked across 21 events to hand-pull 94,160 pounds of water chestnut - an invasive plant - from the Mystic River and Arlington Reservoir.
MyRWA documented the $30 million remediation process of the former Monsanto Chemical site along the Mystic River in Everett. (View project updates)
More than 400 runners, paddlers and spectators celebrated the Mystic River and the return of the herring at the 19th annual Mystic River Herring Run & Paddle.
Over the course of 11 weeks MyRWA staff and interns collected 258 bacteria (E.coli) samples as part of the first season of an intensive bacteria sampling and analysis program to inform the development of a real-time predictive model. This effort was made possible by a $60,405 Massachusetts Environmental Trust grant.