Exelon Generation has announced $12,500 grant to support Mystic River Watershed Association’s locally focused, real-world environmental-education programs geared to area youth.

Mystic River logo'We want to educate and inspire our future stewards.'
-- Marian Miller, Mystic River Watershed Association

“We want to educate and inspire our future stewards,” said Marian Miller, education director at the Mystic River Watershed Association, in a Nov. 6 news release. “Far too often when I go into the classroom youth do not know about the local river that sits in their backyard. With our programs we introduce students to the watershed, help them understand it, think critically about issues facing it and explore possible solutions.”

The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) runs education programs in 11 communities in the watershed. Last year, it reached 1,400 students with interactive and placed-based learning about the Mystic River watershed.

Its educational focus has been on both river herring, as the Mystic River is one of three rivers in the Commonwealth that sees more than half-a-million herring migrating every year, as well as storm-water pollution, which is a threat to urban rivers.

The $12,500 grant from Exelon Generation will support MyRWA’s overall education efforts as well as support the expansion of this program into Everett with a focus on STEM learning.

“We are pleased to support this innovative STEM program that uses the Mystic River as a teaching tool for students across the region,” said Archie Gleason, general manager, Exelon Generation, Northeast region.

Patrick Herron, MyRWA executive director, said: “Thank you to Exelon Generation for your generous financial support of our education efforts. With so many exciting projects—from the return of the river herring to historically high numbers to the exciting new paths and parks being built around the river—the time is now for communities to engage with the Mystic River watershed.”

The Mystic River Watershed Association works every day to protect our water, restore important habitat, transform our parks and paths, build climate resilience, and inspire youth and community members. This benefits the more than half million residents throughout the 76-square-mile watershed. 

 This news announcement was published Monday, Nov. 11, 2019.