FRIENDS OF THE MALDEN RIVER HOST PRESENTATION ON U.S. ARMY CORP’S ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION PROJECT

The newly-formed Friends of the Malden River – local citizens who have banded together to press for the protection and restoration of the Malden River – will meet on Tuesday, July 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Maccario Room of the Malden Public Library, 36 Salem Street (enter from Park Street) to discuss next steps towards the  goal of transforming the river into a vital community resource, and to meet with Project Manager David Larsen of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New England District, who will update the group on status of plans to restore the riverbank ecosystem on the Everett site of the two-mile-long waterway.  All are invited to attend the gathering.

Friends of the Malden met three times this spring in both Everett and Malden, which, along with Medford, are the three cities that border the Malden River.  Last month, the group, aided by a team of graduate students studying water policy at Tufts University, inaugurated a website dedicated to all things Malden River – including environmental remediation, public access, local history, resource improvement strategies, and citizen activism.  The site, at www.maldenriver.wordpress.com, includes videos about the river and interviews with community members.  The Malden River group is working closely with the Tri-City Community Action Program (Tri-CAP) in Malden, the Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA), Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE), environmental and urban justice advocates, and Tufts University’s interdisciplinary graduate program in Water: Systems, Science & Society (WSSS).  An extensive report compiled by the seven Tufts graduate students who worked intensively on this project over the spring is also posted on the web at:

http://ase.tufts.edu/uep/degrees/field_project_reports/2013/Team_WSSS_Malden_Final_Report_2013.pdf.