Report Card for Mystic River: "C-" with Notable Improvement

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(Boston, Mass. – May 2, 2009) – At events today in Chelsea and Woburn, MA, EPA announced the third public reporting on the condition of the Mystic River since kicking off a collaborative effort addressing water quality issues in the urban river in 2006. This year, EPA is pleased to report that the Mystic River Watershed received a grade of "C-" for the calendar year of 2008.

EPA New England’s acting deputy regional administrator, Stephen Perkins, joined community members and environmental advocates at Mill Creek in Chelsea, and at Horn Pond Conservation Area in Woburn, to announce the grade, and celebrate the communities’ annual spring clean up and Earth Day events, as community members pitched in to help with river cleanup projects.