On Wednesday, August 10, 2011, at 6:30 PM, Tri-City Community Action Program, Inc. (Tri-CAP) will host an open community meeting about several Malden River topics. The meeting will be at 110 Pleasant Street (3rd Floor-Washington Street Entrance).
The meeting will focus on increasing community engagement about several specific topics, including the upcoming Malden River Festival, an existing public access violation along the Malden River, and Tri-CAP’s current summer youth project about stormwater runoff. With each topic, Tri-CAP hopes to generate community involvement to improve conditions in and along the Malden River. The meeting is part of Tri-CAP’s ongoing Mystic River Watershed Environmental Justice Initiative. This initiative seeks to raise community awareness and increase community capacity to address environmental justice issues related to the Mystic River Watershed, especially those issues disproportionately affecting low-income and minority residents of the Tri-Cities. Improved water quality and riverfront public access are the two principal topics within this initiative.
The meeting will build on several river-related projects organized by Tri-CAP over the last two years such as “The Malden River Was Here” mural in Coytemore Lea Park (2011); the Beebe School wet-meadow restoration project at Fellsmere Pond (2011); the Malden River documentary film project (2010); Mystic Community Earth Day in Malden (2010 and 2011); the First Annual Malden River Festival at the Park at River’s Edge (2010); and many others.
All members of the community are invited to attend, and light refreshments will be served. Interested residents can RSVP by calling (781) 322-4125 x237 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. An RSVP is not required to attend.
Tri-CAP serves as the anti-poverty agency for the cities of Malden, Medford, and Everett, as well as the surrounding communities. Tri-CAP’s environmental justice project is a recent initiative, started in 2009, as part of the eight-organization Mystic River Watershed Collaborative. Access to clean water and environmentally safe public open space are quality of life and health issues that resonate with Tri-CAP’s mission.