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Stormwater Best Management Practices

Stormwater Best Management Practices

Several different Best Management Practices (BMPs can be used when treating polluted stormwater runoff). Protecting Receiving Waters Before the landscape was developed, far more rainwater would seep into the ground and be filtered by soil, plant roots, and microorganisms, before joining the groundwater or seeping from the soil into a waterway. Today, realizing just how…

Neponset River Watershed: Town Water Quality Reports
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Neponset River Watershed: Town Water Quality Reports

NepRWA’s water quality reports are used to assess the Neponset River’s health and locate pollution sources in our communities. Several Neponset Stormwater Partnership (NSP) communities conduct regular water testing with the help of volunteers in one or more of their watersheds. In other areas, water quality data may be collected by nonprofit groups or the…

Mission & Goals

Mission & Goals

We bring together citizens, scientists, engineers, and local officials to solve real-world problems in your neighborhood. Our most important work is at the city and town level, recruiting volunteers to test water and carry out hands-on restoration projects, visiting schools to educate kids about water, and working with communities to stop water waste and pollution….

CWMN Water Quality Reports

CWMN Water Quality Reports

NepRWA’s water quality reports enable us to advocate for the cleanup of pollution. Our water sampling begins with the Community Water Monitoring Network (CWMN), an Environmental Protection Agency-approved, volunteer-based approach to water quality monitoring that has been running at NepRWA since 1995. CWMN volunteers sample water quality in streams and the Neponset River, from May…

Stormwater Pollution

Stormwater Pollution

Polluted stormwater runoff is the #1 cause of water pollution in the Neponset Watershed. Polluted runoff affects drinking water resources, swimming, boating, fishing and wildlife, and fish habitats in the Neponset Watershed. When rain falls on hard surfaces it washes a number of pollutants into storm drains including: Storm drains are connected via underground pipes…

Water Quality & Stormwater

Water Quality & Stormwater

We use science, advocacy, and partnerships to improve the water quality of the Neponset River and its tributaries. Over 300 years of industrialized activity in the Neponset Watershed has created problems for our water, wildlife, and neighborhoods. Since 1967, when NepRWA was incorporated, we have focused primarily on cleaning up water pollution. Thanks to the…

NepRWA Highlights: 2022

NepRWA Highlights: 2022

December 2022 Despite lingering Covid restrictions, 2022 turned out to be an amazing year for the Neponset River thanks to our volunteers, donors, staff, board, and partners. Scroll down for a few highlights. Climate Adaptation Habitat Restoration Water Quality Education & Outreach Created Greenways and Open Space Leveraged Volunteer Power Prioritized Environmental Justice Looking forward,…

What’s in a River?

What’s in a River?

Thanks for coming to our project web page! This introduction to coldwater and dam removal was made possible by a grant from the Massachusetts Council of Trout Unlimited and the Greater Boston Chapter of Trout Unlimited, in partnership with NepRWA. As part of the project, informational signs were posted by coldwater streams in the Neponset…