Resilient MystiC Collaborative

Flooded East Boston Greenway, March 2010 (Credit, Lisa DiFrisco)

Flooded East Boston Greenway, March 2010 (Credit, Lisa DiFrisco)

In September 2018, the Mystic River Watershed Association, the Consensus Building Institute and ten Mystic communities (Arlington, Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Lexington, Medford, Somerville, Winchester, and Woburn) founded the Resilient Mystic Collaborative.  Since then, Wakefield and Malden have joined. Some of our communities have spent over a decade and millions of dollars on climate mitigation and resilience.  Others are in the process of completing initial climate vulnerability assessments. All are committed to working with their neighbors on projects of regional significance to decrease our collective risk of harm from flooding, drought, extreme temperatures, storms, sea level rise and other climate-intensified risks. 

Read: Resilient Mystic Collaborative Secures $1.1m in Regional Funding

 vision statement

  • We are data-driven, using a cost-effective, watershed-wide, ground-truthed analyses to understand and prioritize our collaborative work.

  • We are action-oriented.  We prioritize, facilitate funding for, and implement cost-effective, multiple-benefit solutions that benefit the watershed as a whole through collective actions and/or site-specific interventions.

  • We share a pragmatic, optimistic vision that recognizes the Mystic River as a tremendous asset that connects our 21 watershed municipalities.  

  • We are mutually supportive, sharing knowledge and resources across municipal boundaries to increase the resilience of our most vulnerable people and places.

  • We have the collaborative structure, trust, and participation to maximize our influence and effectiveness in completing impactful projects and sharing our lessons learned.


2019 Working groups

Advocacy and Policy (Contact: Sasha Shyduroff, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, sshyduroff@mapc.org)

Collaborative Governance (Contacts: Julie Wormser, Mystic River Watershed Association, julie.wormser@mysticriver.org and Carri Hulet, Consensus Building Institute, chulet@cbi.org)

Lower Mystic Resilient Infrastructure (Contact: Oliver Sellers-Garcia, City of Somerville, ogarcia@somervillema.gov)

Social Resiliency (Contact: Carri Hulet, Consensus Building Institute, chulet@cbi.org)

Stormwater Modeling (Contact: Kathy Watkins, City of Cambridge, kwatkins@cambridgema.gov)

Upper Mystic Stormwater Management (Contact: Emily Sullivan, Town of Arlington, esullivan@town.arlington.ma.us)

For more information: Julie Wormser, julie.wormser@mysticriver.org, 781-316-3438