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Bill Hinkley

Bill Hinkley

Program Director, Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET)

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If you missed the Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle in my recent post, check out this event on the Malden River this Saturday, June 19 at River’s Edge Park, about a half-mile north of the Wellington MBTA station or one mile south of the Malden Center station.

First Annual Malden River Festival at River's Edge Park in Medford is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join community members to celebrate our parks and the summer season. River's Edge Park http://www.riversedgema.com/park.html is located on River’s Edge Drive / Commercial Street between the Wellington T Station and Medford Street. Free BBQ, family fun activities (games, face-painting, etc.), live performances by local groups, informational tables, summer activity demos and more. Contact Nick Cohen at (781) 322-4125 or ncohen@tri-cap.org for more information.

The Malden River is a major tributary to the Mystic River and an important asset to the cities of Malden, Everett, and Medford. The Malden River emerges from a culvert just south of Malden Center and runs almost two miles to its confluence with the Mystic River. Once heavily industrialized, the Malden River has recently been revitalized with new parks and walkways. In the course of these projects, many of the hazardous waste sites along the river have been cleaned up. Upcoming improvements will make this area a great destination for walking, biking, and boating.

The Massachusetts Environmental Trust, which is funded through the sale of specialty license plates, just announced two grants that will benefit the Malden River.

  • A $175,000 grant to the Mystic Valley Development Commission for developing construction plans and specifications for a major restoration project across the river from the River’s Edge Park by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This grant will be matched with $325,000 from the Corps.
  • A $325,000 grant to the Mystic River Watershed Association for expanding water quality monitoring programs throughout the watershed.

June is Rivers Month in Massachusetts. Be sure to check the Rivers Month Calendar to find an event near you. There are celebrations of our waters taking place all over the Commonwealth.

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