Recreational Flagging Program Funded

MyRWA was one of 12 grant recipients from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET) for projects to protect and restore rivers, watersheds, and wildlife across the Commonwealth.  $60,405 has been awarded to develop a Mystic River recreation flagging system. The Mystic River Watershed Association and Tufts University will develop a system in the watershed to alert recreational users to safe or unsafe conditions. The project will increase understanding of conditions of Mystic and Malden Rivers; protect public health; increase attention to sources of pathogen contamination; and increase recreational use of the Mystic River. Read the press release here.

Since it was founded in 1988 as part of the Boston Harbor cleanup, MET has awarded more than $20 million in grants to organizations statewide that provide a wide array of environmental services, from supporting water projects in communities to protecting coastal habitats. Funding for this program comes from the sale of the state’s three environmentally-themed specialty license plates: the Right Whale Tail, the Leaping Brook Trout and the Blackstone Valley Mill. Support this program by ordering a Specialty “Preserve the Trust” License Plate today!