The Mystic River watershed encompasses 7,658 square miles northeast of Boston, from the upper reaches of the Aberjona River in Reading down to the Boston Harbor. This beautiful region provides a habitat for a variety of year-round wildlife and seasonal guests, including bald eagles, harbor seals, and porpoises. However, the area also includes 21 cities or towns and is densely populated with more than three-quarters of a million residents. The majority of the most threatened environmental justice communities in Massachusetts are located in the Mystic River watershed. The long history of industry in the region has raised concerns over water quality, public health and safety, toxic pollutants, and more. As the environmental value of this watershed is becoming more widely recognized, efforts have begun to work together towards restoring its ecological health and social value.
Read more about the Mystic Watershed here.