What is a Watershed?
- A watershed is the area of land that drains into a body of water, like a river, pond, harbor or lake.
- A watershed is sometimes referred to as a “river basin,” a “river valley,” or a “drainage basin.”
- A watershed might contain a variety of landscapes, ecosystems, and man-made structures. They come in all sizes and may contain multiple towns, just a few houses, or none at all!
Our watershed – aka the area of land that drains into the Neponset River – is made up of a striking array of landscapes, habitats and species – despite 10,000 years of human habitation and over 375 years of industrialization. Notable features of the Watershed include:
- the 30 mile long Neponset River
- Fowl Meadow
- Blue Hills
- Baker Dam
- Tileston and Hollingsworth Dam
- the Neponset Estuary
- Neponset RiverWalk and Greenway
- Squantum Point Park
Where is the Neponset River Watershed?
- The River starts in Foxborough, near Gillette Stadium, and ends in Dorchester/Quincy, near the “Rainbow Swash” gas tank by I-93.
- The Neponset River runs for 30 miles through the middle of the watershed.
- Roughly 300,000 people live in the watershed.
The Watershed includes parts of 14 cities and towns:
- Boston (Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan)