Wright-Locke Farm Speaker Series

August 21 Speaker Session - Making Room for the River

Climate Resilience in the Mystic River Watershed

Wednesday August 21, 7:30 PM in the 1827 Barn. Q&A to follow

  • Free and open to the public.
  • We offer a casual picnic supper (sandwiches from Clover Food Lab, iced tea/lemonade & cookies for around $20), starting at 6pm. Please indicate that you'd like to purchase a meal below. Email Events Manager, Amy ([email protected]) with any questions.
  • Bring a cushion for our wooden chairs and dress accordingly for the weather (the barn has no heat/AC).
  • Each session will be recorded and eventually posted on our website so can rewatch and share!


The Mystic River Watershed is the most densely populated and urbanized watershed in New England. With nearly fifty percent of the watershed developed and paved, heavier rain events mean more widespread stormwater flooding. Once filled-in tidal rivers and marshes now represent growing risks of chronic flooding.  We need to make more room for the river. 

In September 2018, ten cities and towns, facilitated by the Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) and Consensus Building Institute (CBI), launched the Resilient Mystic Collaborative which focuses on increasing social and physical resiliency to climate change.  Come find out what Winchester and our neighbors are doing together to prepare our people and places for unprecedented and unpredictable weather.

Speaker Bio:

Julie Wormser is the deputy director of the Mystic River Watershed Association and founder of the Resilient Mystic Collaborative. Prior to joining MyRWA, she was the Vice President for Policy and Planning at Boston Harbor Now. As Executive Director of The Boston Harbor Association, Wormser was instrumental in drawing attention to Boston’s need to prepare for coastal flooding from extreme storms and sea level rise. She coauthored Preparing for the Rising Tide and Designing With Water and co-led the Boston Living with Water international design competition with the City of Boston and Boston Society of Architects.  She has a BA in biology from Swarthmore College and an MPA from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Date: 08/21/2019 (Wed.)

Time: 7:30pm - 9:00pm EDT

Location: Wright-Locke Farm

Created by:   Kim Kneeland
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