On May 16, the Mystic River Watershed Association combined several great activities into one day of fun in Somerville. The 14th Annual Herring Run & Paddle celebrated the Mystic River and the seasonal migration of river herring. This race highlights the many recreation opportunities just north of Boston just waiting to be explored
DCR’s Mystic River Reservation made for a terrific 5K run that kept us off the roads and on the multi-use trails that wind through the reservation. There was also a canoe/kayak race that took paddlers from the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse all the way into upper Mystic Lake. Congratulations to the “Iron Herrings” who completed both the 12-mile paddle and the 5K run! For the record, this blogger completed the 5K run in 23:20.
The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) received a grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET) in 2009 to produce a Mystic River recreation guide intended to help people get out and enjoy the many amenities just north of Boston and easily accessible by the MBTA.
The city of Somerville also received a MET grant to revitalize the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse and to develop a path from Foss Park to guide people to this beautiful but often overlooked river.
Nearby, with another MET grant, the city of Everett is constructing its first canoe and kayak launch at Village Landing Park on the Malden River. The city of Medford received a grant to help reinvigorate Condon Shell Park and the Mystic Valley Development Commission was awarded to begin extending the Mystic Trail System up the Malden River. These grants will help make the Mystic a great destination for outdoor fun.
You don’t need to go far to find great outdoor spaces. The Mystic River has many beautiful areas for you discover by foot, bike, or boat. Come and visit!
Not From Around Here: Green Crabs posted on Aug 22
As part of its work to assess salt marsh health, staff from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) have frequently observed abundant green crabs, often burrowing in the banks of marsh creeks. This summer, CZM is examining the potential impacts of green crabs in salt marsh habitats, including the impact of burrowing activity.
Plan a Day Trip – Right in Boston Harbor! posted on Aug 18
Looking for a fun day trip for you and possibly your family? Look no further, the Boston Harbor Islands are the place to be. Lots of events take place on these islands during the summer months, so enjoy these festivities while they are here! Spectacle …Continue Reading Plan a Day Trip – Right in Boston Harbor!
K-9 to the Rescue posted on Aug 13
At 5:35 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, Officer Art O’Connell got a call about two missing girls in Douglas State Park. Officer O’Connell, his partner Diesel and a back up state trooper had to search the 5,900-acre, nine square mile, park on foot, as the canopy of the trees was too thick to search via helicopter and the ground too uneven to search by vehicle.