Mystic River Watershed Association

Real name: 
Mystic River Watershed Association
Location: 
Arlington, MA

The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) was founded in 1972. Our vision is a vibrant, healthy and resilient Mystic River Watershed for the benefit of all our community members. To achieve this, MyRWA is protecting water quality, restoring important habitats, building climate resilience, transforming parks and paths, and engaging youth and community members.

Our Mystic Greenways program creates and connects 25 miles of parks and paths along the Mystic River and its tributaries. Our education program engages over 1,000 youth and families in STEAM education focused on nature close to home.  Hundreds of volunteers help us document and improve water quality, river herring, and urban heat islands, as well as help reduce trash and remove invasive weeds.  Finally, MyRWA founded and co-leads the Resilient Mystic Collaborative, a watershed-wide partnership among cities and towns to protect people and places from climate change.

This is an exciting time to join a highly collaborative and dedicated staff. MyRWA has a staff of 14 team members, a dedicated Board of Directors, and an annual budget of more than $4 million. As an organization committed to incorporating racial equity and justice throughout our programs and operations, we have embarked on a two-year training and strategic plan update to ensure that we are fully living into these values.