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Date: March 1, 2012 (page 2 of 2)

Mar 7: Everett Rain Garden Community Meeting

WHAT IS A RAIN GARDEN?

Rain gardens are vegetated areas that collect, absorb and clean stormwater runoff. Using slope, vegetation and well drained soils, rain gardens are increasingly being used by homeowners and municipalities to reduce the impact of stormwater on local waterways and storm drain systems.

MyRWA is working with the Town of Arlington, City of Everett and local community groups to design and build one to two rain gardens in each city. Community involvement is key to the success of these gardens – please plan on attending the next Community Meeting!

Everett Community Meeting
Wednesday, March 7th at 7pm
City Hall, Keverian Room, 484 Broadway, Everett


Mar 6: Mystic River Watershed Association Committee Meeting

The Mystic River Watershed is one of the most urban and densely populated watersheds in the Commonwealth. It has three Superfund sites within its borders, and is home to various Environmental Justice communities. The Mystic has a history of industry along it’s banks – evidence of which continue to linger. Find out what environmental issues are present and current water quality information by following the links.

Since 1972, the Mystic River Watershed Association has been the one consistent voice speaking up for the Mystic River, it’s tributaries and surrounding lands – read more about our work here.

Get involved with local projects to preserve the health of this Medford river by attending MyRWA’s next meeting:

Tuesday, March 6, 7-9pm
MyRWA Committee Meeting
Tufts University, Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room

There will be discussions about upcoming events and opportunities related to MyRWA, such as this upcoming program:

Herring Monitoring Program Seeks Volunteers

Starting in April, MyRWA volunteers will monitor river herring at the newly renovated Mystic Lakes Dam in Arlington. We need volunteer fish monitors to count herring and support our data collection so that we can estimate run size. No previous experience required – training provided!

Learn more about the Herring Monitoring Program and become a fish monitor today!

Mar 30: Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge!

The Green Streets Initiative is thrilled to announce the launch of its inaugural Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge!

Kicking off March 30, the Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge is a competition among Boston area employers to encourage alternative commuting habits just one day a month, over the course of seven months. The Challenge aligns with Green Streets’ signature Walk/Ride Days when, on the last Friday of every month, individuals can check in at http://greenstreets.mapc.org to indicate they have used active, sustainable transportation and receive special incentives.

Each month, gogreenstreets.org will display a leader board of companies ranked according to the employer’s percentage of participation. We’ll also raffle off a fabulous prize among participants of each month’s leading company, including gift cards to area restaurants and more. Upon the Challenge’s conclusion in September, the company with the highest cumulative percentage of participation will be named the Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge and be honored with a special celebration.

Employers ready to sign up now can do so at http://gogreenstreets.org/sign-walkride-day-corporate-challenge.

The Green Streets Initiative also has a number of sponsorships available, including the Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge Naming Title Sponsorship. As the Naming Title Sponsor, your company’s name will appear on all materials related to the Challenge, from bus signs and brochures, to t-shirts, cups and bike vests.

For more information, see GSI’s website.

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