NepRWA Blog

September 2019 CWMN Report

The Neponset River makes a comeback with better E. coli, Phosphorus, and Dissolved Oxygen levels in September.

Rattlesnake Hill in Sharon has been spared from development!

Guest blog by NepRWA Board Member and Sharon Resident, Paul Lauenstein On November 5, 2019,  Sharon Town Meeting voted to use Community Preservation Act funds and a grant from the state to purchase and preserve most of this 337-acre parcel of natural open space, which has been classified as Priority Habitat by the Massachusetts Natural […]

What is eDNA?

NepRWA staff are partnering with Greater Boston Trout Unlimited to use Environmental DNA (eDNA) to track the health of the Neponset River’s cold water tributaries and the wild brook trout that call them home. What is eDNA? eDNA is a cutting edge technology that uses water samples to identify the wildlife species that live in a […]

August CWMN Update

Our August water quality results show the harmful effect that polluted stormwater runoff has on the river.

Norwood Residents Protect Greenway

On Monday, October 7, 2019, Norwood Town Meeting members unanimously voted to approve a warrant article authorizing the spending of $338,000 in Community Preservation Act Funds to purchase a 6.8-acre lot behind 84 Morse St., often referred to as the “Saints Lot.” The town will preserve the parcel as open space for passive recreation, and […]

Canton GreenFest: Sat. Nov. 16, Canton High School

Canton GreenFest Sat., Nov. 16 1:30-5pm Canton High School This free public event will feature an Earth Expo, with 12+ tabling organizations or groups offering information about their mission, goals, and programs along with concrete ways participants can make a difference individually or together with others. Tables include interactive games, educational displays, materials, and more. […]

The Neponset Greenway Trail Gets National Recognition!

September 26, 2019 Today the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Neponset Greenway Trail earned much deserved national recognition from the American Planning Association as one of the country’s six “great public spaces” of 2019. The award recognizes the role that a restored river can play in bringing seemingly disparate communities together, and spurring […]

Fall 2019 River Cleanup: Recap

Last Saturday over 150 volunteers from all over the watershed and beyond gathered at 7 different locations along the Neponset River from Hyde Park to Mattapan to Milton to participate in the Neponset River Watershed Association’s 8th fall cleanup. People of all ages came together to clean up over 7 total miles of the river […]

Keep Those Storm Drains Clear!

As you begin to rake your leaves, please consider that any leaves that are left on the pavement can clog storm drains and flood your neighborhood.

Lake Massapoag in Sharon is reopened for all water activities

Update: Sept. 10, 2019 – 11:28am – Lake Massapoag in Sharon is reopened for all water activities From the Sharon Board of Health: Test results confirmed that there are no harmful levels of blue-green algae. We thank the residents for their patience this past week. August 29, 2019 — Press release from Sharon, MA Board […]

Harmful Algal Bloom in Lake Massapoag: Aug 29

Update: Sept. 10, 2019 – 11:28am – Lake Massapoag in Sharon is reopened for all water activities From the Sharon Board of Health: Test results confirmed that there are no harmful levels of blue-green algae. We thank the residents for their patience this past week. August 29, 2019 — Press release from Sharon, MA Board […]

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 […]

Mid-Season CWMN Results

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our Citizen Water Monitoring Network (CWMN) volunteers we’re now in our 23rd year of monitoring the health of the Neponset River. We’ve successfully completed three months of CWMN sampling, and overall we have mixed results at the midpoint of our year. 15 out of the 42 sites […]

Drought or Not, Every Drop Counts

Drought may not be an issue in our region right now, but water shortages strike different areas at different times of year, so saving water is always important!

Meet our “New” Greenway & Natural Resources Specialist

Working at NepRWA has taught me the value of important and impactful work, and when my time as the Environmental Science Fellow was coming to an end, I still wanted to continue to help make a difference in the Watershed. Luckily, I was able to work out a position with our Executive Director, Ian Cooke, […]

Reason and the River: Fowl Meadow and The Ghost of I-95

Fowl Meadow and The Ghost of I-95 Blog #3 By Will Reason The Skyline Trail of the Blue Hills Reservation does a strange thing. After ascending the magnificent Great Blue Hill, it dives back down and stubbornly continues. The trail climbs up the appropriately-named Little Blue Hill, then meanders through a forest that stands a […]