Mystic River Watchers, Keepers and Advocates
July 28, 2010
Hosted by Rob Moir
The Mystic River Watershed Association works to protect and restore the Mystic River, its tributaries and watershed lands. Executive Director, EkOngKar Singh Khalsa tells us about one of the most urban and densely populated watersheds in Massachusetts. Three Superfund sites are within its borders. The river is home to various Environmental Justice communities. The Mystic has a history of industry most evident along its banks. Liquid Nitrogen Gas (LNG) tankers go into the lower reaches where the river meets Boston Harbor. Herring surmount the Amelia Earhart Dam in Somerville to spawn above. At the Mystic Lakes a fish ladder was recently completed. MyRWA folk need no longer help the fish up to the higher lake every spring. The Mystic is home for ducks, herons and turtles. It provides winter respite for bald eagles. EK Khalsa addresses the challenges that face the Mystic today, what people are doing to restore natural systems, and what Mystic prospects are for the future.
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With the knowledge of Carson and the courage of Achilles, individuals are steadfastly going the distance to defend wildlife and ecosystems from assaults of environmental degradations and destructions. Join environmental studies scientist Dr. Rob Moir for lively dialogue and revealing narrative inquiry into how individuals are overcoming the obstacles turning forlorn hope into effective actions for oceans, rivers, watersheds, wildlife and ecosystems. Discover how listening to individuals, thinking locally, and acting in concert with other, you can act to save ecosystems. Got environmental stewardship? Become an Eco-steward. Act to bring about a greener and blue Planet Earth.
Rob Moir is director and founder of the Ocean River Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Moir, an educator and scientist, has been a leader of citizen science and efforts to clean up Salem Sound and Boston Harbor, as founder of Salem Sound Harbor Monitors & Salem Sound 2000, later president of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, and through his appointment by the Secretary of Interior to the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership. He was formerly Curator of Natural History at the Peabody Essex Museum, Curator of Education at the New England Aquarium and Executive Director of the Discovery Museums in Acton, MA. Dr. Moir was awarded a Switzer Environmental Fellowship from the Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation, and the James Centorino Award for Distinguished Performance in Marine Education by the National Marine Educators Association, which he later served as president. He was Sea Education Association’s first assistant scientist to work consecutive voyages of the R.V. Westward in 1979 and 1980, an advancement officer for his alma mater, Hampshire College and serves today on the boards of his alma mater, Cambridge School of Weston, Ocean Champions, and the Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters. Dr. Moir has a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies and a Masters of Science and Teaching from Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, NH and certificate of studies from the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole.