Monday, November 20 at 7 p.m.
The history of the Neponset River includes 10,000 years of human habitat and over 375 years of industrialization. The River has the distinction of hosting many “firsts” in the United States, for example:
- First chocolate company (1764) – Baker Chocolate Company in Milton
- First paper mill (1730)- Tileston and Hollingsworth in Hyde Park
- First man-made canal (1640) – Mother Brook Canal in Dedham, connecting the Charles River and Neponset River
With all of the industry came pollution, however the Neponset River has come a long way from its days as a severely polluted industrial river. Today, most streams in the River system meet swimmable standards during dry weather, and much of the river has been opened up for canoeing, bike paths and waterfront parks.
Ian Cooke, Executive Director of the Neponset River Watershed Association (NepRWA), will give an illustrated talk about the history of the Neponset River and NepRWA’s work over the last 50 years, highlighting the organization’s accomplishments and current projects.
The talk will take place in the Thomas Crane Library Community Room, Quincy.
The Neponset River Watershed Association is a grassroots, member-supported conservation group working since 1967 to clean up and protect the Neponset River, its tributaries and surrounding watershed lands.