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Making Room for the River: Climate Resilience in the Mystic River Watershed

  • Wright-Locke Farm 78 Ridge St. Winchester, MA (map)

The Mystic River Watershed is the most densely populated and urbanized watershed in New England. With nearly fifty percent of the watershed developed and paved, heavier rain events mean more widespread stormwater flooding. Once filled-in tidal rivers and marshes now represent growing risks of chronic flooding.  We need to make more room for the river. 

In September 2018, ten cities and towns, facilitated by the Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) and Consensus Building Institute (CBI), launched the Resilient Mystic Collaborative which focuses on increasing social and physical resiliency to climate change.  Hear MyRWA Deputy Director, Julie Wormser, speak about what municipalities in the watershed are doing together to prepare our people and places for unprecedented and unpredictable weather.

Julie Wormser

Julie Wormser is the deputy director of the MyRWA and founder of the Resilient Mystic Collaborative. Prior to joining MyRWA, she was the Vice President for Policy and Planning at Boston Harbor Now. As Executive Director of The Boston Harbor Association, Wormser was instrumental in drawing attention to Boston’s need to prepare for coastal flooding from extreme storms and sea level rise. She coauthored Preparing for the Rising Tide and Designing With Water and co-led the Boston Living with Water international design competition with the City of Boston and Boston Society of Architects.  She has a BA in biology from Swarthmore College and an MPA from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

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Earlier Event: August 14
Mystic and Malden Rivers Bike Ride