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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!
MyRWA will be joined by Veronica Eady, VP and Director of Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) Massachusetts, at the December 6th Committee Meeting. Veronica will discuss CLF’s work in the Mystic – specifically their suit against ExxonMobil. Earlier this fall, CLF “launched the United States’ first legal action against the corporate giant for its climate deceit and for clean water act violations at its oil storage facility in Everett, which sits on the Mystic River.” Read more about their work here. Please join us!
Thanks to all who attended the 2016 Annual Meeting to share their vision of the Mystic! Some creative and fun visions of what the Mystic could be 20 years from now - in 2036 - were shared. MyRWA's new Executive Director Patrick Herron detailed the Association's vision for the Mystic - healthy waters and world-class parks.
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!