NepRWA Blog

South Norwood Residents Score Initial Victory

On August 13th, Boch Automotive (Boch Auto) announced to a packed Norwood Planning Board hearing room that it would drop its proposed development of one of the few naturally wooded parcels of land along the Neponset River in Norwood.

Join us for the Neponset River Cleanup, Sept. 22

We’re removing trash from water and land to help beautify the area and restore fish and wildlife habitats. Any help that you can give is appreciated! Meet:  Martini Shell parking lot, 1015 Truman Parkway, Hyde Park – OR – at your pre-assigned site Time:  8am – Coffee, donuts & check-in, 8:45 – Report to sites […]

New Stormwater Permit a Win for Clean Water

After years of delay and with the help of a successful lawsuit by conservation groups, a new, much stronger permit for stormwater discharges by municipalities in Massachusetts finally took effect on July 1.

It’s Official: Neponset River Greenway Trail Voted Best!

Admit it, the Neponset’s your favorite river and you’ve always known it’s the best! But now it’s official, the Neponset River Greenway Trail has been voted “best neighborhood diversion in Dorchester” by the editors of Boston Magazine. Photo courtesy of Mass.gov We knew it all along, but its always nice to have a little much […]

State Environmental Programs Get Some Budget Relief—and How You Can Support Momentum

The end of July brought with it great news from Beacon Hill: The state House and Senate approved a significant funding increase for three priority environmental line items. Moreover, these funding levels were signed into law by the Governor! Our state environmental agencies have taken huge hits in funding over the last decade—losing about 30% […]

Meet our summer interns, Mike & Charlie!

Hi! I’m Mike Seele. I’m currently a senior studying Environmental Analysis and Policy at Boston University. After learning about issues faced by large watersheds, I became interested in learning how anthropogenic activities can impact water quality. Specifically, I am interested in learning more about the impact that coliform, surfactants, and other household wastes have on […]

A Changing of the Guard

This month we say goodbye to Environmental Fellow, Annie O’Connell and hello to our new Environmental Fellow, Andres Ripley. Our environmental fellowship is a 13 month program for recent college graduates that allows them to help coordinate the Citizen Water Monitoring Network (CWMN) Program, and assist with outreach and other environmental science initiatives. The fellow […]

RiverFest 2018 was AWESOME!

Perfect weather, generous sponsors, great exhibitors and amazing volunteers all contributed to a happy crowd and a fantastic day!

Seen These Ducklings?

A new campaign, entitled “Think Blue Massachusetts” aims to create basic awareness of stormwater issues.

Permit to be Issued Following Delays, Postponement, Lawsuits

Clocking in at a decade behind schedule, the New England office of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has pledged to finally issue an updated stormwater permit for Massachusetts on July 1. The updated permit was due in 2008, but was delayed during many years of contentious public review of the draft language. The permit […]

Seeking Community Liaisons

Looking to make a difference in your community? You’re probably reading this note because you care about NepRWA’s mission and work. I’d like to suggest that you should take the next step and volunteer some time to help us in our advocacy work! We’re looking for some people throughout the watershed to help us more […]

May 2018 CWMN Update

Our first CWMN (Citizen Water Monitoring Network) mission of the season was a great success! Thanks, as always, to all of the dedicated volunteers who sacrifice their mornings to help us take water samples all over the Neponset. The results have come back from the MWRA lab, and for the most part, they look good. […]

The Kids are Alright!

Students around the Neponset Watershed are learning about real world water issues and doing their part to get the message across.

Thanks to all for a fun 2018 Annual Meeting!

We were thrilled that so many friends of NepRWA were able to attend our recent 2018 Annual Meeting at Florian Hall in Dorchester! The evening began with a well attended walking tour of the nearby Neponset Estuary, led by staff members, Chris Hirsh and Tom Palmer. After the walk, about 100 attendees enjoyed a buffet […]