The Barr Foundation pledged an additional $700,000 in funding over the next two years to the Mystic River Watershed Association, an increase in the Foundation’s pledge of $115,000 last year. The new funding will help pay for the salaries of the Executive Director Julie Wormser and an employee committed to “social resilience” (preparing people for climate risks) as well as the services of the Association’s greenways director, Amber Christoffersen, and CBI Senior Mediator Carri Hulet.

CBI, the Mystic River Watershed Association, and several Mystic communities co-founded The Resilient Mystic Collaborative, an effort to collaborate on projects of regional significance to decrease the Mystic region’s collective risk of harm from flooding, drought, extreme temperatures, storms, sea level rise, and other climate-intensified risks. 14 communities now participate in the efforts.

Read the Boston Globe’s profile on Mystic River Watershed Association Executive Director Julie Wormser here.