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Mystic River Watershed Initiative

The Mystic River Watershed is a collection of rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds that drain an area of approximately 76 square miles and 21 municipalities north of Boston. The Mystic River proper, which flows from the Mystic Lakes in Winchester and Arlington through Medford, Somerville, Everett, Charlestown and Chelsea to Boston Harbor, is one of the great urban rivers of New England. The river and the watershed that feeds it, served as an epicenter of much of the activity from which sprung settlement and economic activity in the colonies: mills, shipyards, and villages. Unfortunately, settlement and industrial activity have not always been kind to the Watershed.

The Mystic River Watershed Initiative is a collaborative effort with a goal to improve water quality and environmental conditions as well as create and protect open space and public access to the Mystic River and its tributaries through safe public pathways and access points. The Initiative is guided by a steering committee composed of 22 organizations including not-for-profit community groups, local, state, and federal governmental agencies. To hear thoughts, perspectives, and insight from some of the not-for-profit and municipal Steering Committee members, click the play video image.

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Mystic River Watershed Initiative Video
May 2010 [50MB, 6:33 min.]
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Steering Committee Purpose and Structure (PDF) (4 pp, 30 K, about PDF)

Mission and Priorities (PDF) (4 pp, 67 K, about PDF)

EPA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Massachusetts at Boston to establish a basic framework for a relationship between the parties to promote urban water restoration and monitoring, water quality awareness, scientific research, and marine and environmental education. UMass Boston continues to provide technical support to the Steering Committee and provide serve as a scientific expert for issue-oriented and project specific needs. For the full text of the MOU, click the link below.

MOU between UMass Boston and EPA (PDF) (8 pp, 2.2 MB, about PDF)

Since its founding in 2008, EPA has provided assistance and support to help the Steering Committee achieve its mission and priorities. To see a list of these accomplishments, click the link below.

Accomplishments to Date of the Mystic River Watershed Initiative

Mystic River Watershed Resources
* Basic Information * Report Card Data
* Meeting & Events * Hurd Field Porous Pavement Education Project
* Accomplishments to Date * Newsroom
* Related Links * Maps
* Photo Gallery * Program Contacts

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