NepRWA Blog

The Plastic Problem: How litter gets from us to the water

Photo: https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/plastic-trash-rides-ocean-currents-arctic The Journey of Pollution Pollution is a major issue affecting the health of our waterbodies. More than 8 million tons of plastics and other trash finds its way to the ocean each year. According to research by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, if the rate of pollution does not decrease, there will be more […]

New Development Proposed in Environmentally Sensitive Parcel in Quincy

The Montclair/Wollaston neighborhood of Quincy made their feelings clear when they learned about a proposed development project last week. Boston Property Ventures led a community meeting organized by City Councillor Ian Cain to get feedback on their preliminary proposal to build a 65 unit building and 10 townhouses at 0 Harriet Avenue. The problem? One […]

Canceled: June 20 Neponset RiverFest (COVID-19 Update)

COVID-19 update: due to safety concerns, we have canceled the 2020 Neponset RiverFest. We hope to bring the Festival back in June 2021. Stay healthy and safe everyone! Coming back in June 2021! DCR Neponset Park, Dorchester The Neponset RiverFest is a family-friendly, public celebration of the Neponset River, parks, and wildlife.   Join us […]

View Our Highlights from 2019

January 2, 2020 As we look forward to an exciting year ahead, it’s also worth taking a moment to reflect on the achievements of 2019, made possible by the generous support of members and volunteers like you! Education & Outreach Presented water conservation and stormwater programs to over 2,500 fifth graders and high school students […]

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 […]

eDNA Brook Trout Project

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 […]

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 […]