Several community-based organizations are joining together for the second year in a row to coordinate events for Earth Day in the Lower Mystic River Watershed in Medford, Somerville, Malden, Everett, and East Boston. Comprising the “Mystic Community Earth Day,” the events will take place on Saturday, April 30th in honor of Earth Day (April 22nd) and will focus on improving areas along the river, while drawing attention to the needs of the watershed as a whole. All events are free and open to the public. Volunteers are needed to complete this important work.
The Mystic River Watershed is the most urbanized and densely populated watershed in Massachusetts, with over half a million people living in its 76 square miles. Due to its long industrial history and antiquated sewer systems, the water quality of the river is severely degraded and access to the riverfront is limited. Despite these challenges, residents, community groups, and organizations are working to improve the Mystic River, its tributaries, and surrounding communities.
This year marks the 41st Earth Day, which was first held on April 22, 1970, and featured rallies, protests, and clean-ups across the country with a strong college student presence. That day is often considered the birth of the modern environmental movement. Earth Day 2011 will be observed nationwide on April 22 and will be marked by many of the same activities as the original event 41 years ago.
The Mystic Community Earth Day will include clean-ups, trail clearings, and plantings. Click here for information about Mystic Community Earth Day events! We hope that you'll celebrate Earth Day with us!