NepRWA Blog

What is a Fish Kill?

While unsettling, it's not unusual to see dead fish floating along a lake or pond shoreline as the waters warm up.

Fish Kills

From Mass Division of Fisheries and Wildlife– The sight of dead and dying fish along the shores of a favorite lake or pond can be distressing and trigger concerns about pollution. Fish do act as the “canary in the coalmine,” so it’s natural to think a fish kill is an indicator of a problem with […]

Call to Action – Contact your legislators today!

NepRWA recently partnered with members of the Watershed Action Alliance of Southeastern Massachusetts to plan a legislative breakfast at the State House, but unfortunately had to cancel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Climate change represents a significant public health threat and adequate funding for environmental programs is essential to mitigate the impacts of extreme weather, […]

Water Conservation Presentation

April 2020 — We’ve made our 5th-grade water education materials available to teachers, students, and parents during the COVID-19 school shutdown. To see more materials, including a slide show about polluted stormwater runoff, videos, and handouts, click here. Please email Outreach Director, Nancy Fyler if you need additional materials or if you have any questions. […]

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.