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Mystic River Watershed Association, Inc.

 20 Academy Street, Suite 306
 Arlington, MA 02476
[P] (781) 316-3438
[F] (781) 316-3435
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EIN 23-7221094

LAST UPDATED: 05/20/2019
Organization DBA MyRWA
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes


Mission StatementMORE »

The Mystic River Watershed is a living system full of fish and wildlife—including one of the largest river herring migration in the Commonwealth. The watershed includes 370 acres of open space and parks along the river that offer countless recreational opportunities. The Mystic River Watershed Association uses science, advocacy, planning and education to ensure a vibrant, healthy and accessible environment.

Mission Statement

The Mystic River Watershed is a living system full of fish and wildlife—including one of the largest river herring migration in the Commonwealth. The watershed includes 370 acres of open space and parks along the river that offer countless recreational opportunities. The Mystic River Watershed Association uses science, advocacy, planning and education to ensure a vibrant, healthy and accessible environment.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $1,070,752.00
Projected Expense $1,061,202.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Climate Resiliency
  • Greenways Initiative
  • Herring Monitoring and Education Program
  • Invasive Removal Stewardship Program
  • Water Quality Monitoring Program

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Mission Statement

The Mystic River Watershed is a living system full of fish and wildlife—including one of the largest river herring migration in the Commonwealth. The watershed includes 370 acres of open space and parks along the river that offer countless recreational opportunities. The Mystic River Watershed Association uses science, advocacy, planning and education to ensure a vibrant, healthy and accessible environment.

Background Statement

The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) works to transform the Mystic River Watershed into a vibrant, healthy and resilient environment by bringing together government, municipalities, businesses and local communities. The Mystic River Watershed Association uses innovative scientific monitoring programs, effective advocacy on state and municipal levels, and volunteer engagement and education programs to improve water quality, restore healthy habitat, transform parks and paths, tackle issues caused by climate change, and inspire youth and community members.

The Mystic River Watershed, the most densely populated and urbanized watershed in New England, is home to 22 communities and over half a million residents. The environmental hazards in this region include landfills, hazardous waste sites, sewer overflows, and legacy contamination from industrial activities dating back to the 19th century. In addition, the Mystic River Watershed has more impermeable surface and less green space than any other watershed in Massachusetts.

Despite 250 years of industrial activity, the Mystic River Watershed remains a living system full of fish and wildlife, 44 lakes and ponds, acres of open space and an active river herring migration that continues each spring as it has for 10,000 years. The work of the Mystic River Watershed Association protects the entire watershed. Through its work in water quality monitoring, outreach, education, policy and advocacy, the Mystic River Watershed Association has built its reputation as a trusted partner of river users, federal and state regulators and local communities.

Impact Statement


Launched climate resiliency initiate with a lead grant from the Barr Foundation. This regional approach will result in on-the-ground improvements for our communities.

Leveraged a total of $1,065,166 in public and private funding to the Mystic Greenways. The total leveraged to-date is now at $2,326,800. Based on our efforts to redesign Mill Brook, the Town of Arlington was awarded one of the largest Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Action Grants in the amount of $399,260 to implement ecologically-sensitive flood management and public access improvements.

Successfully pushed for the new MS4 permit to go into effect—thereby helping protect rivers, lakes, streams and ponds from polluted stormwater runoff. This permit, ten years in the making, will require stronger stormwater management throughout the state.

Engaged more than 3,000 citizen scientists who are having a real impact on their river by documenting the herring run size on the Mystic. New this year, herring are now able to make it all the way to Horn Pond in Woburn—thanks to citizen action that resulted in not one—but two fish ladders for our watershed. An additional 1,200 plus volunteers participated in dozens of clean up and invasive removal events.

The Mystic River Watershed Association’s goals for the Mystic River and its communities include:

• Restoring water quality and healthy habitat.

• Protecting public health.

• Connecting people to the Mystic.

• Increasing climate resilience.

Needs Statement

  • We have spent more than four years and $450,000 in an effort to study phosphorus pollution in the watershed and develop a plan for reducing this pollution through a nutrient budget. The results of the study (to be released in early 2019) will identify the reduction of nutrients required for a healthy lake system. Now our organization is gearing up to educate municipal leadership and residents on the conclusions from the study and opportunities to reduce nutrient loads to the lakes and Mystic River. As part of this we are leading a stormwater collaborative with 11 municipalities to develop shared communications plans to educate community members about what they can do to reduce stormwater. Project budget: $175,000.
  • Advance six major waterfront open space projects from concept to design in order to make Mystic Reservation parks more accessible and pathways connected through our Greenways Initiative. Project budget: $338,000.
  • Educate 400 youth, engage 600 families, and run successful in-person fish monitoring program as part of our herring education and monitoring program. Project Budget: $101,000.
  • Recruit thousands of volunteers on the Mystic through invasive plant removal and cleanup events.

CEO Statement

During my tenure, I have seen that we have an out-sized effect for a small group by harnessing the power of collaboration and innovation. My plan is to build on these two themes in the years ahead.

As collaborators, we will work with a host of partners—municipalities, agencies, universities and people on the ground (many of you). Together we will accomplish much more for the local environment than we could working alone. As innovators, we will solve problems with new solutions. Some of these innovations are in the works: our recreation flagging program powered by tiny Arduino computers; a river herring video program, streaming science to classrooms; and experiments with smart control structures to increase flood resilience in an era of climate change.

I am so excited by the opportunity this organization has to contribute to and guide the transformation of the river during these next few years. We have a seasoned staff in place, scores of volunteers interested in rolling up their sleeves, and miles of opportunity.

Please drop me a line or stop by and introduce yourself. I am very interested in the values you assign to the lakes, ponds, streams, and parks of the Mystic River watershed and how we can make the most of these resources. I am looking forward to working alongside you to continue to transform a major urban river and its watershed into the highly prized public resource it deserves to be.

Board Chair Statement

My active involvement in the Mystic River Watershed Association began in the early 1990s and as my knowledge of local conditions grew, so did my appreciation of the myriad and substantial problems confounding this most urbanized watershed in Massachusetts.  Despite these profound challenges, I see the tremendous potential for this watershed to provide a complete, rich, and vibrant ecosystem resource for the Mystic River Watershed’s half million residents – many of whom have limited options to interact with the natural world.  As a result of the work of our Association, this great potential has been more perfectly fulfilled.

Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) was founded to restore clean water in the Mystic River Watershed in Eastern Massachusetts whose headwaters start in North Reading and end in Boston Harbor. The 22 communities served are: Arlington, Belmont, Boston (East Boston & Charlestown) Burlington, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Lexington, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Reading, Revere, Somerville, Stoneham, Wakefield, Watertown, Wilmington, Winchester, Winthrop, and Woburn.

Organization Categories

  1. Environment - Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)



Climate Resiliency

The Mystic River watershed is facing growing climate-related challenges including flooding, drought and heat. One of the most developed watersheds in New England, the Mystic is home to a half-million residents, including many who are disproportionately vulnerable to extreme weather due to low incomes, health concerns and/or language barriers. We partner with government, business and community stakeholders throughout the watershed to help its people and places not only survive but thrive in the face of climate challenges.
Budget  --
Category  Environment, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 

An engaged, forward-thinking, representative steering committee involving at least six municipalities: two each from the Upper Mystic (above the Mystic Lakes), Middle Mystic (between the Amelia Earhart Dam and the Mystic Lakes) and Lower Mystic (between the Amelia Earhart Dam and Boston Harbor).

Program Long-Term Success  The long-term goal is coordination on funding and projects that address climate resiliency across municipal boundaries.
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  Just launched in 2018, the Mystic River Watershed Association has already pulled together the Mystic Climate Resilience Steering Committee, made up of 10 local municipal partners.

Greenways Initiative


The Mystic Greenways Initiative will connect 25 miles of paths, improve hundreds of acres of parkland and engage thousands of community members from the Mystic Lakes to Boston Harbor. We are working collaboratively with federal and state agencies, dozens of municipalities and many local community groups and citizens to create this important park system, which will ultimately provide mobility, economic development and public and environmental health benefits. There are current visioning and improvement projects in Medford, Arlington, Charlestown, Everett, Somerville and Malden.
Budget  --
Category  Environment, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 
  • Advance six major waterfront, open space projects from concept to design (Tobert Macdonald Park and Clippership Connector both in Medford, MA, the Malden River Vision plan, which hits Medford, Everett and Malden, the Lower Mystic in Charlestown and Blessing of the Bay in Somerville).
  • Convene stakeholder groups to create public/private partnerships that includes individuals, businesses, and public agencies that result in investments and expanded usage.
Program Long-Term Success 
  • Expanded access to and enjoyment of the river resulting in both a network of public stewards and improved health and well-being of 500,000 residents in 22 communities.
  • Increased mobility and viable active transportation through a connected path and parks system.
  • Improved environmental health and resiliency to climate change impacts by building riparian buffer zones that mitigate impact of storm events, provide habitat and promote biodiversity.
Program Success Monitored By  Program success is gauged by the number of projects that move from concept to design as well as number of volunteers actively involved in the stewardship efforts and the work they accomplish. We also evaluate the growth and strength of stakeholders involved in this initiative.
Examples of Program Success  The Mystic River Watershed Association has already leveraged $2M in park design and improvements and has received the commitment from the Commissioner at the Department of Conservation and Recreation, who manages the Mystic Reservation, to support this effort, as well as leaders in our local municipalities.

Herring Monitoring and Education Program

Annually, an estimated half a million river herring swim seven miles up the Mystic River from the sea, past some of the most densely populated land in the United States, to spawn, largely out of sight and unknown to local residents. River herring are important forage fish in marine ecosystems that have experienced dramatic population declines in recent decades due to overharvesting, loss of freshwater habitat, and other factors. The Mystic River hosts one of the largest herring run in the Commonwealth. The Mystic River Watershed Association: 1) works with 90 plus volunteers to document this migration and advocate for habitat improvements; 2) has an underwater "fish cam" that allows people to see these migrating fish and participate in citizen science, and 3) educates youth by working with dozens of schools and community groups to provide in-class and out in-the-field education experiences.
Budget  --
Category  Environment, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  Short-term (one-year) success is defined as: 1) 400 students educated and 400 families engaged; 2) 90 in-person herring monitors; and 3) 3,000 citizen scientists counting online.
Program Long-Term Success 

Increase environmental literacy, encourage behavior that will benefit the Mystic River environment and help protect the local herring population.


Program Success Monitored By 

The number of volunteers involved and the data collected, as well as standardized evaluation instruments to measure change in student environmental literacy and behavior

Examples of Program Success 

Since 2012, the Mystic River Watershed Association has engaged area residents to complete fish counts during the annual Mystic River herring migration. Based in part on this data, a second fish ladder has recently been installed in the watershed—thereby expanding the habitat for this fish to Horn Pond (a first in hundreds of years).

Invasive Removal Stewardship Program

The Mystic River Watershed Association runs two volunteer-powered invasive plant management programs, one tackling the aquatic plant water chestnut and a second program removing Oriental Bittersweet from waterfront parks. More than 950 volunteers participate in these programs each year, significantly improving the health and aesthetics of the river. Volunteer opportunities run from June - October.
Budget  --
Category  Environment, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  Host at least 15 removal events every year that result in significant reduction of invasive plants.
Program Long-Term Success  Long-term success includes:   1) eradication of water chestnut from the Mystic River and its tributaries, which will improve water quality and habitat in the Mystic River; 2) reduction of Oriental Bittersweet in the parks surrounding the river, thereby saving trees; and 2) the engagement of 800 volunteers every year.
Program Success Monitored By  The Water Chestnut Removal Project is monitored by percentage of water chestnuts removed, acres removed, volunteers engaged, events hosted and results from harvesting machine.
Examples of Program Success  Last year 95% of water chestnuts were removed from the Mystic River, and we removed 1,850 lawn bags of oriental bittersweet. 

Water Quality Monitoring Program


Safe water for recreation and for wildlife depends on identifying potential water-quality issues and using this data to develop shared solutions. Our water quality program focuses on: 1) Baseline Monitoring, whereby teams of trained Citizen Scientists collect water samples each month at 15 predetermined locations in the watershed. The Baseline Monitoring Program serves as a constant measure of water quality conditions throughout the watershed; and is used by the Mystic River Watershed Association and our municipal partners and the US EPA to identify water quality issues and develop potential solutions. 2) Tackling nutrients through a sampling and modeling program that will lead to a phosphorous budget for municipalities. Phosphorus—a limiting nutrient in freshwater systems, introduced by stormwater in urban areas—causes excessive growth of invasive plants and algae, low dissolved oxygen levels that threaten fish habitat, and blooms of toxic cyanobacteria that are a threat to public health.
Budget  $185,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  Every year, the Mystic River Watershed Association runs multiple water quality programs to identify potential problem areas and develop potential solutions by sharing information with community partners. These programs include the baseline Monitoring Program, whereby teams of trained Citizen Scientists collect water samples each month at 15 predetermined locations in the watershed, as well as the latest effort to gather data on phosphorous to develop a shared plan to address this rising concern for the Mystic River due to increased nutrients and higher water temperatures.
Program Long-Term Success  We hope to see dramatic improvements in water quality in the long-term, including a fishable and swimmable Mystic River 100% of the time. The program helps to identify problem areas which we follow-up on and inform partners (federal, state and municipal) about recommended improvements or repairs.
Program Success Monitored By  The Mystic River Watershed Association collects all water quality testing results in a database. This information is shared regularly with partners (EPA; city/municipal partners). In May of every year the official grade on water quality for the Mystic is shared by EPA at a public event. Throughout the season, staff identify potential problem areas and works with community partners and state agencies to develop potential solutions. Any proposed solutions have tracking mechanisms to measure potential impact on water quality.
Examples of Program Success  Mystic River Watershed Association water quality data has served consistently to spur enforcement actions by the US EPA throughout the watershed. In many cases, it was water quality monitoring data that brought regulatory attention to the sources of substantial impairment of Mystic River water bodies. Most recently—our data is helping ensure that the Town of Belmont fixes its aging infrastructure. With these improvements, the town will no longer discharge pollutants, including raw sewage, into the Mystic River watershed. 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

In the Mystic River watershed there is an issue of equitable distribution of regional resources, with many of the lowest income, non-white and recent immigrants living in close proximity to this pollution. Despite the many years of careful scientific documentation and distribution of that information by the Mystic River Watershed Association, the conditions in these streams and rivers are among the most degraded in Massachusetts.

Despite this--there are many areas of great beauty and opportunities to improve our watershed. Through our expanded programs the Mystic River Watershed Association is making real improvements to our watershed. For this to happen though requires strong, ongoing financial support to advance efforts, and it requires many river champions. Please be the champion for our river and our community.


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Patrick Herron
CEO Term Start Sept 2016
CEO Email
CEO Experience Patrick Herron became Executive Director of the Mystic River Watershed Association in the fall of 2016. Prior to this, he spent the last seven years as the Watershed Scientist and then Deputy Director at the Mystic River Watershed Association. During his tenure with the organization, Patrick worked with staff to initiate the volunteer powered water chestnut removal program and the river herring monitoring program, as well as build a cutting-edge water quality database that is leading to improvements to our water. He serves as the Co-Chair of US Environmental Protection Agency Mystic River Watershed Science Committee. He has a PhD from the University of Connecticut in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and completed post-doctoral research at the Rowland Institute at Harvard. In April 2012, he won the Environment Merit Award from the Environmental Protection Agency New England Region 1.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Julie Wormser Deputy Director Julie Wormser joined MyRWA as its Deputy Director in July 2018 and leads its Climate Resilience program. Prior to joining MyRWA, she ran a consulting business and was a senior policy director at a variety of non-profit organizations including Boston Harbor Now, Environmental Defense Fund, Appalachian Mountain Club, and The Wilderness Society. As Executive Director of The Boston Harbor Association, Julie was instrumental in drawing attention to Boston's need to prepare for coastal flooding from extreme storms and sea level rise. She coauthored Preparing for the Rising Tide and Designing With Water, and co-led the Boston Living with Water international design competition with the City of Boston and Boston Society of Architects. Julie holds a BA in biology from Swarthmore College and an MPA from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.


Award Awarding Organization Year
Learning Network Expert Award United States Environmental Protection Agency, River Network and Groundwork USA 2017
Social Innovator Social Innovation Forum 2015
Education and Public Service Award Board of Directors of the Universities Council on Water Resources 2014
Emerald Award City of Medford, Massachusetts 2013
Environmental Merit Award United States Environmental Protection Agency 2012
Excellence in Capturing Local Knowledge MAPC Data Day 2012
Go Green Award, Outstanding Contribution to Environmental Protection City of Cambridge, Massachusetts 2012
Certificate of Appreciation - Adopt your Watershed US Environmental Protection Agency 1997
Urban River Stewardship American Rivers 1996
Adopt a Stream Program Department of Fisheries, Wildlife & Environmental Law Enforcement 1995
"In Recognition of Thier Outstanding Efforts to Protect and Restore the Mystic River, Its Tributaries, Habitats and Natural Resources.'" Altria 1993


Affiliation Year
River Network 2009
Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Arlington Chamber of Commerce
Charlestown Waterfront Coalition
Chelsea Green Roots
Conservation Law Foundation
Clean Water Action
Environmental League of Massachusetts
River Network
Friends of Spy Pond
Friends of Belle Isle Marsh
Friends of Middlesex Fells
Friends of Malden River
Friends of Mystic River
Groundwork Somerville
Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Massachusetts Rivers Alliance
Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
Mystic River Steering Committee
Tufts University
Toxic Action Center
University of Massachusetts - Boston
US Environmental Protection Agency
United States Geologic Survey

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 6
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 1,200
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 80%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 1
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 7
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Mr, John Reinhardt
Board Chair Company Affiliation Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Board Chair Term Oct 2016 - Oct 2019
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Shannon Ames Low Impact Hydropower Institute Voting
Joshua Boyce COO Africa Impact Group/BeCause Water Inc Voting
Caroline Broderick Partners in Health Voting
David Burson Partners --
Lawrence (Larry) Feldman GZA Voting
Karen Grossman President, Friends of Spy Pond Park Voting
Barbara Kessner Landau Noble, Wickersham & Heart Voting
John Reinhardt Retired/Formerly Branch Chief at MA DEP Voting
Karl Touet Twin Elms Voting
Minka vanBeuzekom Cambridge City Councilor 2012-2013, Coldwall Banker Real Estate Agent Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 10
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 5
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Finance
  • Nominating
  • Operations

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

To address the need for greater capacity, the Mystic River Watershed Association has expanded professional staff from 2.5 to 9 positions and has increased the annual budget to $1M. The Mystic River Board also institutionalized more rigorous budget and accounting programs and developed and executed an effective five-year strategic plan. Lastly, while board governance is strong, more must be done at the Board level to guide the institution forward and to strengthen fundraising to meet the expanded budget.

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $1,070,752.00
Projected Expense $1,061,202.00
Form 990s

2017 990

2016 990

2015 990

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

2008 990

2007 990

Audit Documents

2017 Audit

2016 Audit

2015 Audit

2014 Review

2013 Review

2012 Review

2011 Review

2010 Audit

2009 Review

2008 Review

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $1,097,613 $673,130 $765,450
Total Expenses $830,206 $660,618 $573,506

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $253,287 $131,913 $80,827
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $253,287 $131,913 $80,827
Individual Contributions $694,648 $437,740 $596,955
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $579 $409 $79
Membership Dues $129,492 $90,811 $56,387
Special Events $19,607 $11,892 $29,723
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- $365 $1,479

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $719,887 $460,452 $405,238
Administration Expense $58,962 $116,880 $113,682
Fundraising Expense $51,357 $83,286 $54,586
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.32 1.02 1.33
Program Expense/Total Expenses 87% 70% 71%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 5% 14% 8%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $737,396 $514,011 $513,828
Current Assets $703,140 $487,686 $494,933
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $42,828 $86,850 $92,179
Total Net Assets $694,568 $427,161 $421,649

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 6.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 16.42 5.62 5.37

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990s. 


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.

1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

As the most urbanized watershed in New England covering 76 square miles, success for the Mystic River Watershed Association is defined as:

  • Rivers, lakes and streams that host abundant healthy fish and wildlife habitat.
  • Well-designed and accessible parks that allow pedestrians and bicyclists to move easily and safely in connected spaces along the waterfront.
  • Opportunities for safe boating and swimming for the 500,000 watershed residents.
  • More climate resilient communities that address flooding, drought and heat.
  • All local, state, regional and national stakeholders – from local municipalities to federal regulators – take seriously and ambitiously their role as stewards of the watershed, and value and invest in its future.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

Our strategies for achieving the goals, are as follows:

  • Protect water quality through our rock-solid science and advocacy program,
  • Transform our Mystic Greenways by connecting 25 miles of paths and improving parkland from the Mystic Lakes to Boston Harbor,
  • Build climate resiliency through a new initiative that will work to mitigate impacts on a regional scale
  • Inspire youth and community members through a growing education initiative and robust citizen science and stewardship program, and
  • Restore habitat for a healthy river and herring population.

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) achieves outsized influence in environmental management by partnering closely and receiving substantial support from a wide range of state and federal agencies, including US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), United States Geological Survey (USGS), Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA). These partners use the data we gather to inform their regulatory actions and priorities.

Beyond our agency partners, MyRWA leverages private-public partnerships to make on-the-ground improvements to parks and local infrastructure. We also have a long history of engaging community members and yearly we mobilize 1,500 plus community members to protect their local watershed.

Our staff and board have expertise in financial management, environmental protection, ecology, community organizing, law, fundraising, planning and design, education and outreach.

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

The Mystic River Watershed Association will use the following quantitative measures (not a full list) to help measure progress in achieving its strategic goals (2015 to 2020):

  • Collect and analyze samples every month at 15 baseline sites and generate an annual water quality report card.
  • Track and increase the number of green infrastructure best management practices installed in the watershed.
  • Connect 25 miles of greenways, and improve 68 acres of parklands.
  • Remove invasive plants from land and water by engaging at least 1,000 volunteers per year.
  • Students in ten communities learning about their local watershed and the herring migration through effective place-based education.
  • Grow individual giving by 25%.

Additionally, each year, we measures the amount of invasive plants removed from the parklands and river, the progress of our advocacy targets, and the growth of our volunteer and membership programs.

5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

Highlights include:

  • Completed a recreational flagging program—that will inform recreational users of safe and unsafe conditions for boating and swimmin- In the final year of water quality collection to create a model plan for reducing nutrient pollution in the Mystic.
  • Advancing six Greenways projects from idea to implementation that will open pathways and revitalize parklands.
  • Hosted 30 plus events in 2018 that connected people to their Mystic.
  • Engaging 2,000 individuals every year through park stewardship and activities.
  • Educating 400 youth every year through our herring education project.
  • Launched a regional climate collaborative with 10 local municipalities.