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The mission of the Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) is to protect and improve the quality of the Mystic River and the other water resources in its watershed, and to make them more available for recreation and as wildlife habitat, by bringing together individuals, groups, and business interests, working with government, and creating a strong and self-sustaining organization.
MyRWA was founded in 1972 as an environmental non-profit organization. We are based out of Arlington, MA and have 5 staff members.
The Mystic River Watershed encompasses 76 square miles, half a million inhabitants, and 22 communities, in whole or in part. It extends from the headwaters of the Aberjona River in suburban Reading to the heavily urban/industrial communities bordering Boston Harbor.
Communities in the watershed include the following: (* Denotes communities primarily in the coastal zone) Arlington, Melrose, Belmont, Reading, Boston*, Revere*, (Charlestown & E. Boston Neighborhoods), Somerville, Burlington, Stoneham, Cambridge, Wakefield, Chelsea*, Watertown, Everett*, Wilmington, Lexington, Winchester, Malden, Winthrop*, Medford, and Woburn.