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.
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.
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.
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!
Working through the 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.
MyRWA tracks the cleanup of the Wynn Resorts hazardous waste site along the Mystic River. The estimated $30 million restoration will bring the site to productive use and improve access to the river.