NepRWA Blog

Mattapan-Milton Neponset Greenway Trail Community Celebration

Several hundred local residents, elected officials and community activists gathered on either side of the beautiful new “Harvest River Bridge” on September 29 to officially celebrate the opening of the newest section of the Neponset River Greenway trail between Central Avenue in Milton and Mattapan square. Attendees enjoyed musical performances on both sides of the […]

South Norwood Residents Score Initial Victory

On August 13th, Boch Automotive announced that it would drop its proposed development of one of the few naturally wooded parcels of land along the Neponset River in Norwood. However, residents should remain vigilant.

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 […]