MyRWA Engages Youth in Water Quality Monitoring

Three participants with the Lewis Latimer Society test dissolved oxygen levels of the Mystic River. In June and July, the Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) successfully implemented three workshops for over 30 youth in Chelsea and East Boston. These hands-on workshops were organized through Chelsea Green Space, the Lewis Latimer Society, and the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH), with the goal of engaging youth in water quality issues and testing methods, as well as their local ecology. Each workshop enabled youth to test for ammonium, dissolved oxygen, pH, salinity, and conductivity as well as make observations about the weather, water, and surrounding site. Through these experiential workshops, the youth not only learned about their surroundings, but also explored their role in helping clean the river. MyRWA would like to thank the Boston Foundation for funding these opportunities, as well as our partnering organizations.