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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 Assembled a coalition of 12 communities from Quincy and Boston all the way to Foxborough to explore opportunities to implement […]

Neponset Stormwater Partnership

We help our communities with their stormwater cleanup efforts through regional cooperation and resource sharing, under the umbrella of the Neponset Stormwater Partnership (NSP). The goal is more effective cleanup at a lower cost, through economies of scale. The partnership communities cooperate on creating key permit documents printing regional public outreach materials creating model stormwater […]

How to Help Prevent Algal Blooms

What is an algal bloom? Algae blooms occur more frequently in the Spring and early Fall, and can multiply rapidly during warm weather. These blooms consist of cyanobacteria (also called blue-green algae), which can cause significant health impacts depending on their concentration in the water and exposure factors. Exposure to blue-green algae can cause skin and […]

Sharon High School Storm Drain Murals 2018

Thanks to a small group of art students, many storm drains near Sharon High School have been painted with colorful murals to help educate the public about stormwater pollution.   Why the focus on storm drains? What flows down storm drains affects the health of drinking water, wildlife and recreation. When rain hits hard surfaces, […]

Reducing Polluted Stormwater Runoff

We are reducing polluted stormwater runoff throughout the local communities across the Neponset Watershed with assistance from grants, partnerships, and volunteers.  When rain falls on hard surfaces it washes a number of pollutants into storm drains including: bacteria and parasites from pet waste chemicals from fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides Phosphorous from leaves and grass clippings snow/ice […]

CWMN Results: June

The results for June show much higher E. coli levels than were observed in May. This is mainly because June was a wetter month than May, and bacteria levels in wet weather are typically higher than levels in dry weather.