An all-volunteer organization driven by its commitment to the Muddy River Restoration Project, the MMOC keeps the public informed of milestones and ongoing construction activity.
Some recent highlights of its work:
Since 2007, the MMOC has held meetings for the public about the status of design, permitting, and construction of Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Project .
In February 2020, with support from Emmanuel College, the MMOC hosted a Public Meeting on the Project. Speakers were Wendy Gendron, Chief Engineer of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New England Division; Chris Cook, then Boston Chief of Energy, Environment and Open Space; and Erin Gallentine, then Director of Brookline’s Parks and Open Space Division.
Coinciding with the launch of Phase 2 of the Restoration Project, the MMOC invited the public to a virtual Construction Preview in February, 2020. Guest presenters included Jennifer Flanagan, Project Manager for the US Army Corps of Engineers; Kyle Merkosky, then Project Manager for Charter Contracting Company; and Tom Brady, Conservation Agent and Tree Warden for the Town of Brookline.
The MMOC partnered with The Colleges of the Fenway Sustainability Center to establish The Muddy River Symposium, first held in 2006. An annual spring conference and poster session for college students, the Symposium has featured a range of keynote speakers, including Alice Brown, Boston Harbor Now (2021); Noah Wilson-Rich, The Best Bees Company (2019); Gabby Queenan, Mass Rivers Alliance (2018); Mike Keegan, US Army Corps of Engineers; Governor Michael S. Dukakis; and Charles Jewell, Boston Water & Sewer Commission .
In partnership with The Fenway Alliance and the Greater Boston YMCA, the MMOC celebrated the 2019 International Day of Mud with youth members of the Y to introduce them to the Muddy River and the Restoration Project.
The MMOC joined with Olmsted200 (a campaign of the Olmsted Network, formerly the National Association of Olmsted Parks) to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted in April, 2022.
Learn more about the roles and responsibilities of the MMOC.