Join our data-sprint to help us understand the reliability of in-person versus video counts of the river herring migration in the Mystic River.
The Mystic River Watershed Association in partnership with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries estimated that 630,000 river herring migrated upstream to spawn at the Mystic Lakes this year.
The Kennebec River in Maine - like here in the Mystic - opened up passageways resulting in increased spawning habitat for this important forage fish.
In 2017, ninety trained citizen scientists counted the largest number of herring since the monitoring program began, documenting another strong Mystic River herring migration at an estimated 630,000 fish!
River herring now have access to additional spawning and nursery habitat thanks to the installation of a fish ladder at the Center Falls Dam in Winchester Center.
With beautiful weather more than 325 racers participated in the 5K road race or the 3, 9 or 12 mile paddling races along the Mystic River in Medford and Somerville on May 20th. Read more, see event photos and race results!
A new project led by the Mystic River Watershed Association is broadcasting the river herring migration in the Mystic River this spring, and you are needed to help make it a success. A motion-sensor underwater video camera at the Upper Mystic Lake dam fish ladder in Medford now records the herring migration 24 hours a day.
On April 5, 2017 the Mystic River Watershed Association, together with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, installed an underwater video camera at the Upper Mystic Lake dam in Medford.
Meet MyRWA's Herring Education intern, Emma Arnesty-Good. The San Francisco native and white-water rafting guide recently graduated from Tufts University with a degree in American Studies. She is now leading the way on a new program on the Mystic by working with teachers to bring the herring migration to classrooms throughout the watershed.
A new fish ladder is being constructed at the Winchester Center Falls dam, and is expected to be complete by the end of the year. Take a look at how the work is progressing.
Winchester is getting a fish ladder!
MyRWA is excited to share that we will be working with local schools to connect students to the river herring migration through a new program.