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'Wicked hot': Planning gets $10K to aid Mystic watershed

Mystic River logo" ... to focus its attention and resources on historically disinvested environmental justice neighborhoods."
Emily Sullivan

Town planning, on behalf of the Resilient Mystic Collaborative, was recently awarded $10,000 from the National League of Cities through its Leadership in Community Resilience Program for additional support with the Wicked Hot Mystic Project.

This award leverages the $186,200 grant from the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program that Arlington received in 2020 on behalf of the Resilient Mystic Collaborative to develop regional maps on ground-level air temperatures, humidity, wind and particulate matter. NLC funding and in-kind support will allow the RMC to engage with community members in some of the hottest neighborhoods to begin the community-led design of effective cooling strategies.

The $186,200 grant is to develop regional maps using high-resolution, watershedwide, baseline data on ground-level air temperatures, humidity, wind, and particulate matter. Partnering with the Museum of Science and hundreds of trained volunteer community scientists, RMC communities will collect these data during summer 2021. NLC funding and in-kind support will allow the RMC to engage with community members in some of the hottest neighborhoods to begin the community-led design of effective cooling strategies.

“The Wicked Hot Mystic Project is enabling the Resilient Mystic Collaborative to focus its attention and resources on historically disinvested environmental justice neighborhoods with fewer street trees, green spaces, and access to water,” said Emily Sullivan, Arlington environmental planner and conservation agent. “Funding and support from the National League of Cities will move us from data collection to initial community-led design of solutions to help people stay cool and healthy during heat waves.”

The collaborative is a partnership between 20 of the 21 cities and towns within the Mystic River Watershed, facilitated by the Mystic River Watershed Association. The collaborative is committed to working on projects of regional significance to decrease collective risk of harm from flooding, drought, extreme temperatures, storms, sea level rise and other climate-intensified risks.

To learn more about the Wicked Hot Mystic project, contact Sullivan at 781-316-3012 or esullivan at town.arlington.ma.us. 

Other communities awarded during this grant group were Alton, Texas; Cedar Rapids and Dubuque, Iowa; Flagstaff, Ariz.; Portsmouth, N.H.; Raleigh, N.C.; Spokane, Wash.  Each municipality receives $10,000 in direct financial support as well as technical assistance and advisory services from NLC staff and partners to help them meet community-specific resiliency goals.  

The National League of Cities (NLC) is the voice of America’s cities, towns and villages, representing more than 200 million people. NLC works to strengthen local leadership, influence federal policy and drive innovative solutions. Stay connected with NLC on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Founded by the Mystic River Watershed Association and ten climate-forward cities and towns, the Resilient Mystic  Collaborative is a partnership among twenty neighboring communities in Greater Boston’s Mystic River Watershed working to protect our people and places from climate-intensified risks.


June 29, 2018: Mystic River Watershed Association awarded $25k from state

 


 This news announcement was published Tuesday, March 16, 2021.

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