Preparing for a Busy Spring and Summer

With the arrival of spring, NepRWA staff begin looking forward to a busy and exciting season, as many of our projects begin to ramp back up.

 By Chris Hirsch, Environmental Scientist

The snow is finally melting and the early spring flowers are starting to bloom. Now is the time to put all of our winter planning into action. This will be a busy season for NepRWA as we wrap up several projects and begin a whole new set; all while continuing with our regular programming.

Sawmill Lane BMP, Dedham

Out with the old, in with the new

Projects that will be wrapping up this summer include the Dedham Stormwater Management project, the Unquity Brook Stormwater Planning project, and the first phase of the Pine Tree Brook Dam Removal project.

After several years of hard work, we are very excited for the successful conclusion of these projects, and the beginning of our next round of projects.

The next round includes the Continuous Dissolved Oxygen Monitoring project, the Wendell Brook Stormwater Management project, and the Dedham Westwood Water District Water Conservation project. We are also exploring opportunities for stormwater management upgrades in Canton, with the goal of securing funding to build them next year.

On track for another successful year

There’s a well-known saying, “April showers bring May flowers”, but there is also a lesser-known saying that goes April CWMN training brings May sampling. In preparation for another year of CWMN, we are holding three scheduled training sessions in April; the 11th, 13th, and 18th.

CWMN training begins April 11.

If you’re a CWMN volunteer, please RSVP with Meghan meghan@neponset.org for one of these dates.

Also continuing this year is our Hotspot Monitoring project, the Stoughton Stormwater Management project, and the Certainteed Stormwater Management Planning project.

This year we hope to double the number of points currently on our Hotspot map by investigating Hotspots along Mother Brook, Germany Brook, and Purgatory Brook. We are also planning to partner with EPA to use some of their more advanced tests to clarify some of the more confusing results of last year’s sampling.

All of this hard work will certainly pay dividends for improving the health of the river and the communities around it, and none of it would be possible without your support.

For more information on any of these projects, please contact Chris Hirsch, hirsch@neponset.org or 781-575-0354 ext 302.

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