NepRWA Blog

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 […]

Green Team on the River

In my experience, you don’t need to hang around the fly fishing community for very long before you come across the iconic phrase, “match the hatch”. What an incredibly simple, yet powerful concept! From what I’ve learned, selecting your fly based on the insects you find in the stream you’re fishing went mainstream with Schwiebert’s […]

Reason and the River: Sunrise on Reservoir Pond

Sunrise on Reservoir Pond Blog #2 by Will Reason As I paddled through its placid morning waters, the sheer magnitude of Canton’s Reservoir Pond struck me. About a mile across at its broadest, the pond, which connects to the Neponset River via the Pequit Brook, sat there peacefully and invitingly. Ringed by houses and motorboats […]

RiverFest 2019 was COOL!

Believe it or not, we are already planning for RiverFest 2020! Please email if you wish to get involved. Although July 20 proved to be one of the hottest days of the summer, it didn’t stop staff and exhibitors from setting up alongside the Neponset River for a day of fun. While the heat […]

Reason and the River: Shade and Seclusion in Hyde Park

Shade and Seclusion in Hyde Park Blog #1 by Will Reason Few of the shoppers who congregate each weekend at the Stop & Shop® just off of Truman Parkway are aware that mere yards from where they’ve parked snakes a band of wild river, hiding its meandering course from the prying eyes of civilization. It […]

Are You Watering in the Rain, Again?

It’s inevitable – it’s either raining out, or it’s the first dry day after a three-day rain event, or rain is obviously imminent – and someone has their sprinkler system running.

Culvert Project Benefits Fish

White Suckers like the one in this video can have a hard time maneuvering through culverts. Neponset River Watershed Association Environmental Fellow, Andres Ripley, explains what NepRWA is doing to help.

A Noisy Spring Chorus…

Spring peepers (Pseudacris crucifer) and wood frogs (Lithobates sylvaticus) are heard, not seen, during a walk in early April at Mass Audubon’s Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary in Sharon, MA. The next time you take a walk through the woods in early spring, listen for their noisy chorus… Below are wood frog eggs, seen in early […]

River Cleanup: 101

Leave the wood in the water! This is a friendly reminder to all cleanup volunteers to please only remove trash from streams and rivers. Woody debris and other natural materials in the stream are extremely beneficial for the health of the stream. While it’s human nature to want to tidy up a messy looking stream, […]

Fix Leaks to Conserve Water

Why do leaks matter? Many towns in the Neponset Watershed get some or all of their drinking water from groundwater aquifers. Leaking faucets and toilets waste thousands of gallons of water a year and could be easily fixed to help save local water resources. Below are easy-to-follow videos to help you start saving. Toilets The […]

Neponset Stormwater Partnership Update

NepRWA’s regional program, the Neponset Stormwater Partnership (NSP), has kicked off the new year on a high note with many towns within the watershed signing on to participate in the 2019 NSP program year. This year marks the fourth year of community commitment to the NSP and is the first year of multiple reporting deadlines […]

A Troubling Trail

Guest blog by Ruth Gopen, Sharon resident Feb. 2019– I’m a fairly new dog owner, though I actually never expected to be one. A handsome little pup with soulful brown eyes came into our lives last June, rescued from down south, and it was love at first sight. He’s full of energy and loves people, […]