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The WORK

 
 

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Is it safe to swim? Is it safe to boat on the Mystic? Assessing water quality conditions is the foundation of our work – we strive to answer these questions and more. We accomplish this work through several comprehensive and long-term water quality monitoring programs.

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Baseline

MyRWA monitors trends in water quality at 15 sites throughout the watershed with the help of a dedicated corps of volunteers.
 

Cyanobacteria

Cyanobacteria, a potentially harmful bacteria, is monitored throughout the watershed primarily at recreational areas.
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Stormwater Pollution

Rain water collects and transports pollution to our waterways, including litter, road salt, fertilizer and oil.
 

Recreational Alert System

The watershed wide flagging system alerts recreational users to safe or unsafe water quality conditions.
 

Mystic Greenways

The Mystic Greenways Initiative will connect 20 miles of paths, improve hundreds of acres of parkland and engage thousands of community members from the Mystic Lakes to Boston Harbor. 

 

CLIMATE RESILIENCE

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The Mystic River watershed is facing growing climate-related challenges including flooding, drought and heat.  One of the most developed watersheds in New England, the Mystic is home to a half-million residents, including many who are disproportionately vulnerable to extreme weather due to low incomes, health concerns and/or language barriers.  We partner with government, business and community stakeholders throughout the watershed to help its people and places not only survive but thrive in the face of climate challenges.

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Invasive plant management

With the help of more than 900 volunteers each year, MyRWA works to remove the invasive weed, water chestnut, from the Mystic River and Arlington Reservoir, as well as Oriential bittersweet from waterfront parks.  We partner with local businesses and community groups to offer fun and rewarding community stewardship events.

River Herring

The Herring Monitoring Program records the number of herring passing through the fish ladder at the DCR Mystic Lakes Dam in Medford.  In 2017, nearly 630,000 herring were estimated to have passed through the Mystic Lakes Dam to spawn!

Advocacy

Working through the volunteer Policy and Outreach Committees, as well as in collaboration with partnering organizations, MyRWA addresses the issues and needs of the communities and natural resources of the 22 community watershed. The Policy and Outreach Committees meet monthly to review permits, develop comment letters, plan community outreach events, develop educational handouts, and initiate letter writing campaigns about environmental issues.