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Action Against Exxon
On Dec. 8, 2016 we partnered with Conservation Law Foundation, Chelsea GreenRoots, NOAH, La Comunidad, Inc. and others to call on ExxonMobil in a hand-delivered letter to take swift action to fortify its Everett, MA facility on the Mystic River in preparation for threats posed by climate change. The letter asks that ExxonMobil provide local organizations and residents with more information on steps the company is taking to minimize the threat of a spill brought on by rising sea levels and storm surges exacerbated by climate change. Read Conservation Law Foundations press release and watch the video.
All told—we raised $4,017 to fund water quality testing at four sites for a full year along the Mystic. Finding and reporting water pollution is the first step in cleaning up our water. And your support on #GivingTuesday is helping us accomplish this! This is one of the many programs run by the Mystic River Watershed Association to protect and restore our local watershed that is home to unique plants and animals—and you!
DID YOU SEE THE BOSTON MAGAZINE ARTICLE ON THE MYSTIC RIVER?
A Tale of Two Rivers, by Chris Sweeney, details the disparities between the two Rivers in Boston: the Mystic and the Charles. How is it that two of the country’s most historical rivers, located just miles from each other, forged such drastically different legacies? Read the article to find out more - and know that much work is being done on the Mystic by state and federal agencies, community groups and local cities and towns. Be sure to read the MyRWA and EPA comments at the end! Won’t you join us in being a hero for the Mystic?
This spring MyRWA will work with local schools to connect students to the river herring migration. Funded by a US EPA Environmental Education grant we will design and install a video system and web interface that enables students to monitor a major fish migration and participate in fish counts. Read more.
The Mystic River Watershed Association is delighted to announce the appointment of Patrick Herron to the position of Executive Director effective September 12, 2016. Patrick has a PhD in Plant Ecology from the University of Connecticut and has served MyRWA since 2009. In his work both as Deputy Director and as Director of Water Quality, Patrick has demonstrated tireless energy and enthusiasm for our work. In recent years he has initiated many of MyRWA’s most innovative and effective projects - including the highly successful Water Chestnut Removal and River Herring Monitoring programs. Read more.
Over the course of 22 events from June through September, 835 volunteers helped clean up the Mystic River by partnering with MyRWA. Working from canoes volunteers removed the invasive plant, water chestnut, by hand. More than 134,800 pounds of plant material were removed from the Mystic River in Medford and Somerville as well as the Arlington Reservoir.
As part of MyRWA's Herring Monitoring Program 90 citizen scientists counted 62,562 herring pass through the Mystic Lakes fish ladder in Medford. This is the largest number of fish observed since the monitoring program began in 2012. The total estimated Mystic River herring run is 448,060 +/- 48,113. This estimate represents another strong migration! Thanks to the volunteers who made this program possible, as well as MA-DCR and MA-DMF.
Mystic River Water Quality Earns A- Grade
For the second year the US EPA issued localized water quality grades to provide information on how frequently Mystic waterbodies meet standards for swimming and boating. We are pleased to share that the Mystic River received an A- , the Mystic Lakes an A+ and Chelsea Creek an A-. These water bodies meet bacteria standards for swimming and boating on average greater than 85% of the time. That's right -the Mystic River is a great place to go boating and the Mystic Lakes are a great place for a swim! The grade also shows that much work lies ahead in realizing the promise of the Clean Water Act in many of our water bodies. Explore conditions and read the US EPA press release. View a map here.
Is it safe to swim? What about boating? MyRWA monitors water quality throughout the watershed and is working to make the data more accessible. Using Tableau, we’ve just begun to translate the data. Please explore and let us know how we are doing!
Support MyRWA While Shopping on Amazon
Did you know you can support MyRWA while shopping at AmazonSmile - at no cost to you? The next time you visit Amazon, be sure to designate the Mystic River Watershed Association as the recipient organization of AmazonSmile's donations. Just visit AmazonSmileto start. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to MyRWA with no cost to you. Thanks for your support!