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Herring Run & Paddle May 17th!

Welcome the return of the river herring at the 19th annual Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle! This signature event celebrates the return of the alewife and blueback herring to their freshwater homes and brings people to the banks of the Mystic River in Somerville on Sunday, May 17th. Sign-up today for the 5K road race, 3, 9 or 12 mile paddling races, or as an event volunteer! Don't miss the bicycle tour led by Bike to the Sea, children's activities, music and more!

Event Sponsors to date include 
Title Sponsor:
 Assembly Row
Platinum Sponsors: Boating in Boston, Charles River Canoe and Kayak, Exelon Corporation, ExxonMobil Pipeline, Preotle, Lane and Associates, Rockland Trust, and Wynn Resorts
Gold Sponsors: Community Credit Union, Dennis K. Burke, Inc., Distrigas of Massachusetts, J D'Amico, Lumiere, The Marvelous Jane Reinhardt, Mystic River Engineering, Our Outhouses Inc., Schnitzer Steel Industries, Sunrun Inc., Utility Contractors' Association of New England, and Whole Food Market of Medford 
Silver Sponsors: Boston Line and Service Co., Inc., Boston Sand & Gravel Co., Cambridge Savings Bank, Copley Wolff Design Group, Inc., Law Office of Michael A. Fager, MTI Adventurewear, P.T. Kelley Inc., Saltmarsh Insurance Agency, Sports Authority Assembly Square, The Flatley Company, and Winchester Savings Bank

April 2015 E-News

  • Herring Run & Paddle
  • Milk Crates, and Chairs, and Barrels, OH MY
  • Mystic River Science Forum Draws a Crowd
  • Community Volunteerism by Boat
  • Become an Agent of Change
  • Malden River Survey
Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 2, 12:00p.m.-3:00p.m. : Menotomy Rocks Park Earth Day Celebration Arlington

Saturday, May 2, 9:00a.m.-1:30p.m. : Chelsea Collaborative Earth Day Cleanup 500 Broadway, Chelsea

Tuesday, May 5, 5:30p.m-9:00p.m: Social Innovator Showcase Microsoft New England Research and Development Center

Saturday, April 9, 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m. Winchester Conservation Commission Environmental Cleanup 71 Mt. Vernon St. Winchester 

Tuesday, May 12, 7:00p.m-9:00p.m.: MyRWA Committee Meeting Tufts University Lincoln Filene Center

Sunday, May 17, 9:00 a.m.
Mystic River Herring Run & Paddle
32 Shore Dr., Somerville

Saturday, May 30, 11:00a.m. - 3:00p.m. Fresh Pond Day 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge

Saturday, May 30, 1:00p.m.-4:00p.m. Spy Pond Fun Day Spy Pond Park, Arlington

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MyRWA's Mission

The Mystic River Watershed Association works to protect and restore the Mystic River, its tributaries and watershed lands for the benefit of present and future generations and to celebrate the value, importance and great beauty of these natural resources.



Milk Crates, and Chairs, and Barrels, OH MY!

On Saturday, April 25th, community volunteers, neighbors, and friends from local businesses like WholeFoods in Medford, local universities such as Tufts University, and local clubs like the Mystic River Rugby Club all gathered together to beautify their local park, DCR Torbert MacDonald Park in Medford. Volunteers collected enough trash to fill two massive truck loads and enough tree limbs and branches to fill a third truck. Clothing, milk crates, barrels, and furniture were gathered into piles and hundreds of garbage bags were filled with plastic bottles, wrappers, and cigarette butts. We cannot thank our community of volunteers enough, along with Our Outhouses Inc. and Dunkin Donuts in Medford for helping improve the condition of MacDonald Park and making Medford a better place to live, eat, work, and play! 
Mystic River Science Forum Draws a Crowd
CCKKosfW0AA7OQJThe Mystic River Watershed Initiative Science Forum on Thursday, April 9th drew a crowd of excited and inspired individuals all motivated to improve the water quality of the Mystic River and its' tributaries.  The forum included presentations and discussions about local water quality, including current conditions and trends. The presentations from the speakers at the Science Forum are posted on MyRWA's website, follow this link to view 

Community Volunteerism by Boat!
Get outside and get active this summer by signing up your business, church or community group to help remove water chestnut, an invasive plant, from the Mystic River. Groups will remove this plant by hand from canoes as part of your community service project. We have worked with many organizations and companies over the past five years, including Google, FedEx and Citizens Bank, and supply all the materials and expertise necessary. This event is a lot of fun! Contact Patrick at 781-316-3438 or today.

Become an Agent of Change

2004_12_15_wrp_projectnominationform_littleriverlookingsouthAttend MyRWA's Committee Meetings - Our Committees are groups of volunteers that come together once a month to discuss relevant issues, help plan events, and in general support the work of MyRWA. Meetings consist of one hour of individual committee discussion (Policy, Clean Water Campaign), and one hour of a joint committee discussion or guest speaker. Please double check our website for meeting details. Next meeting: May 12th - Committee Meeting, 7-9pmTufts University, Lincoln Filene Center - Rabb Room, Medford

Do You Use the Malden River?

MaldenRiverThe Mystic River Watershed Association and Friends of the Malden River are conducting a survey on recreational use and property values along the Malden River and would like for you to participate! 

Depending on how much you use the Malden River, the survey should take between 10 and15 minutes to complete. Your responses will help us better understand how people are using the Malden River and how they might like to use it in the future. We sincerely appreciate your input and thank you in advance for your participation.

Please take the survey here and share with your friends and colleagues!

The river herring have just arrived in the last few days of April at the Mystic Lake Dam. So, get outside and welcome them back with us!



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