What we're about

Seeking fellow environmentally minded individuals to make a difference in our communities! This Meetup group will showcase upcoming events, meetings, fundraisers, and volunteer opportunities available with MyRWA. MyRWA's mission is 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.

Looking to make new friends? Want to get more involved in your community? Join MyRWA as a volunteer!

WATER TREES
Have a group of 5-15 people? Help us keep new trees alive in Somerville! Contact us to schedule a date for your group.

RIVER AND PARK CLEANUPS
Whether you're cleaning up trash, removing water chestnut from a canoe, or pulling the invasive Bittersweet vine from parks, our one-time events help us make the watershed more beautiful and resilient. Check out our one-time on our site!

RIVER HERRING MONITORING
Each spring over 150 volunteers help us count herring in-person at the Mystic Lakes Dam and at Horn Pond. Take 10 minutes a week to help us monitor these important species. You can also help us count online with our underwater webcam!

WATER QUALITY MONITORING
Trained citizen scientists help collect water quality samples each month. Attend a training to get involved.

OUTREACH AND EDUCATION
Volunteers help educate the public about MyRWA and Mystic news, recreation opportunities and the Mystic River ecosystem. Help out at community events or support the Herring Run and Paddle!

POLICY COMMITTEE
If you're interested in reducing plastic in the environment, advocating for climate resiliency efforts, saving conservation space and more, the policy committee may be for you. Members draft letters to endorse or oppose legislation or in response to environmental permits and development proposals, testify at public hearings, etc.

Upcoming events (5)

PLASTOVER: AN EXODUS FROM PLASTIC

Online event

Every Passover, Jews around the world give up leavened bread – hametz. It’s a sacrifice we make willingly, to recall our ancestors’ journey from slavery to freedom.

But what if we could make another kind of sacrifice – one that would have an immediate impact on the world? What if we chose to mindfully free ourselves from the plague of plastic waste?

Andy Hrycyna, the watershed scientist from the Mystic River Watershed Association will talk in this virtual meeting about the dangers of plastic pollution and what MyRWA is doing to address this issue. Karen Grossman of Temple Shir Tikvah will explain the idea behind Plastover and how you can be involved.

After the brief presentation, attendees will discuss "Plastover" and how we can all be part of the solution.

Space is limited to 12 so let Karen Grossman know if you can make it to by RSVPing here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvd--grjosGdw-Zu1WDK__KgF_XwNz7l_Z?blm_aid=0

ADVOCACY WORKSHOP: "PRE" MASSRIVERS LOBBY DAY

Needs a location

Join MassRiver to review the legislative issues and learn tips on speaking with legislators.

Register here:
https://www.massriversalliance.org/lobby-day-2021

MYSTIC LAKES HERRING MONITORING TRAINING

Online event

Calling all citizen scientists! Help the Herring!

Each spring over 1/2 million river herring migrate from the ocean up the Mystic River to the Mystic Lakes and to Horn Pond. If lined up back-to-back, this would measure up to 100 miles of fish!

You are invited to participate in this spectacular wildlife migration by monitoring the herring once a week for 10 minutes at the Mystic Lakes. Monitoring occurs from 7am-7pm everyday during the migration season (April-June). Interested? Sign up to monitor below. Only registered monitors should attend the training.

You must register in advance to attend this online training.
*Register for training: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IG_LHHThQQqWalbFZksodw
*Sign up to monitor: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSefAqO4wmRMWnK-9B73_Wk5Q86hQWRx241kKMCpbhFSxdnG4A/viewform

** More information here:
https://mysticriver.org/news/2021/1/12/seeking-river-herring-monitors

MASSRIVERS VIRTUAL LOBBY DAY

Needs a location

Join Mass Rivers in advocating for river protection and environmental quality by virtually meeting with your state legislators and telling them why rivers matter to you!

Whether you're a seasoned advocate or just getting started—you are welcome to join.

Mass Rivers will provide talking points and help you set up a meetings with your legislators. In the meantime, check out the MassRivers Advocacy Toolkit, where you can refresh on the legislative & budget processes, and tips on communicating with legislators.

https://www.massriversalliance.org/lobby-day-2021

**Registration required using this link:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdbCsN9KljhVhCS7o2dnWurL_mFieByF0BeQOB_4Pq_2Mzm_Q/viewform

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