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Local organizations team up for fourth annual Mystic Community Earth Day

Posted by Christina Jedra  April 12, 2013 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by the Mystic River Watershed Association: 

Several organizations are joining together for the fourth consecutive year to coordinate numerous events for Earth Day in the Mystic River Watershed in Arlington, Medford, Somerville, Cambridge, Malden, Everett, and East Boston. Comprising the “Mystic Community Earth Day,” most of the events will take place on Saturday, April 20th and Saturday, April 27th in honor of Earth Day (April 22nd) and will focus on improving areas along the river, while drawing attention to the needs of the watershed as a whole. All events are free and open to the public. Volunteers are needed to complete this important work! 

The Mystic River Watershed is the most urbanized and densely populated watershed in Massachusetts, with over half a million people living in its 76 square miles. Due to its long industrial history and antiquated sewer systems, the water quality of the river is severely degraded and access to the riverfront is limited. Despite these challenges, residents, community groups, and organizations are working to improve the Mystic River, its tributaries, and surrounding communities. 

This year marks the 43rd Earth Day, which was first held on April 22, 1970, and featured rallies, protests, and clean-ups across the country with a strong college student presence. That day is often considered the birth of the modern environmental movement. Earth Day 2013 will be observed nationwide on April 22 and will be marked by many of the same activities as the original event 43 years ago. 

Mystic Community Earth Day will include clean-ups, trail clearings, and plantings. For more information about any of the Mystic Community Earth Day events, please contact the respective coordinator from each organization (see below). Event-specific press releases will follow in the coming weeks. 

Events will include the following:

Arlington & Cambridge 
Alewife Earth Day Cleanup and DCR Park Serve Day Friends of Alewife Reservation, Green Cambridge, and the Mystic River Watershed Association are joining forces for Earth Day and DCR Park Serve Day on Saturday, April 20th from 10:00a.m to 2:00 p.m. to clean-up the Alewife Brook and Little River. All supplies will be provided. Volunteers should meet outside the Alewife MBTA station at the passenger pickup area. 
Contact: www.friendsofalewifereservation.org/ or (617)-415-1884 or info@friendsofalewifereservation.org 

East Boston
Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH), will host a cleanup of the Condor Street Urban Wild Park on April 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Includes a hands-on activity to transform trash collected at the site into a public education piece on solid waste! Volunteers should meet at the Condor Street Urban Wild, 300 Condor Street, East Boston. 
Contact: http://www.noahcdc.org/ or 617-418-8241 

Everett & Malden
Tri-City Community Action Program, Inc. (Tri-CAP) is partnering with Bike to the Sea, Groundwork Somerville, and Cambridge Health Alliance for the fourth year in a row to organize a clean-up around the Malden River. This event is also part of Comcast Cares Day, and co-sponsored by the City of Everett and City of Malden. Meet across from Cambridge Health Alliance, 195 Canal Street. The event will run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with coffee and snacks beginning at 8:30 a.m., on Saturday, April 27th. Preregister at www.groundworksomerville.org/2012/12/06/comcast-cares-day/ 
Contact: Loretta Kemp at Tri-CAP, 781.322.4125 or LKemp1@tri-cap.org. 

Medford
Friends of the Mystic River will host its 18th annual Mystic River Spring Clean-Up on Saturday, April 27th from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. meeting at the Hormel Stadium lot, 90 Locust Street. Clean-up supplies will be provided. The clean-up will include the Mystic Riverbend Park and MacDonald Park, but participants may travel to any other location they wish along the Mystic in Medford. Morning and lunchtime refreshments provided. In the event of heavy rain, the cleanup will be Sunday, April 28th. 
Contact: www.fomr.org, 781-391-2604 or Mystic02155@hotmail.com. 

Somerville
The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) will host a river clean-up on Saturday, April 20th from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Volunteers should meet at Assembly Row along the waterfront in Somerville (165 Middlesex Avenue, Somerville). Parking is available in the Staples parking lot and volunteers are needed to remove trash along the banks of the Mystic. 
Contact: Beth MacBlane, Mystic River Watershed Association, Beth@MysticRiver.org, http://mysticriver.org/watershed-clean-ups/ or 781-316-3438 

The City of Somerville and Groundwork Somerville are hosting cleanups at various locations on Saturday, April 27th from 10:00 a.m. to noon, followed by a BBQ at the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse, 32 Shore Drive. 
Contact: Carlene Campbell, 617-625-6600 x2615, CCampbell@somervillema.gov. Preregister at www.groundworksomerville.org/2012/12/06/comcast-cares-day/

Event Schedule for Mystic Community Earth Day Events on 4/20/13 and 4/27/13: 

Saturday, 4/20/13 
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Mystic River Clean-Up (Somerville) 
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Alewife Earth Day Cleanup and Park Serve Day (Arlington, Cambridge) 

Saturday, 4/27/13 
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM Medford Mystic River Spring Clean-Up 
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Malden and Everett River & Trail Clean-up 
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Condor Street Urban Wild Clean-Up (E. Boston) 
10:00 AM – NOON Somerville Spring Clean-Up

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