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Dec 12
Friends of the Malden River meeting, 6:30-8PM Cambridge Health Alliance, 195 Canal Street, Malden

Jan 3
Committee Meeting, 7-9PM
Tufts University, Tisch College of Citizenship & Public Service, Lincoln Filene Hall, Rabb Room, 10 Upper Campus Road, Medford

MYSTIC RIVER WATERSHED STORMWATER EDUCATION PROGRAM

MyRWA received funds from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) Region 1 to engage youth in a stormwater education program in 2010 and 2011.  A team of five environmental, academic and community organizations collaborated to establish a program that will foster increased awareness and knowledge of the environmental conditions of the Mystic River Watershed, stormwater and the sources of pollution that impact water quality. The long term goal of the program is to develop and empower youth environmental teams that will focus on water quality monitoring, watershed science, identifying sources of pollution and environmental justice concerns. The program leverages the complementary skills and geographical diversity of the participating organizations. These organizations include Friends of Alewife Reservation (Cambridge), Mystic River Watershed Association, UMass Boston/Environmental, Earth and Ocean Sciences, Lewis Latimer Society (Chelsea) and Tri-City Community Action Program (Tri-CAP) (Medford/Malden/Everett).

Beebe School students restore a wetland area

During the 2010-2011 school year, Tri-CAP’s environmental justice coordinator, Nick Cohen, worked with a group of Beebe School students to learn about stormwater pollution in relation to the Malden River. The students learned about these issues by conducting hands-on activities in the classroom, visiting the Malden River, meeting with Malden city officials, and taking water quality samples with MyRWA. For their final project, the students restored a wet meadow area adjacent to Fellsmere Pond to improve stormwater runoff. Additionally, the students created images about their project for interpretive signage to be placed in the park kiosk. Nick Cohen, a Malden-based landscape designer and two Malden High School students supervised the students in this project. The City of Malden endorsed the project as consistent with the Open Order of Conditions for water quality improvements and general maintenance of the pond.

Summer 2011 workshops explored the Mystic Students assess water quality in MaldenRiver Watershed, water quality monitoring methods and concepts, stormwater issues and low impact design concepts, and include a boat-based science exploration of the Mystic River as well as a trip to Thompson Island to compare water quality in the Boston Harbor and draw connections to the Mystic. Youth from Cambridge, Chelsea and Malden were accompanied by interns from Tufts University and UMASS Boston in their work.

Questions about this program can be directed to Beth@MysticRiver.org.

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