Embrace-a-Stream Project: 2020 Update

NepRWA staff is working in partnership with Greater Boston Trout Unlimited (GBTU) to help save the Neponset River’s native brook trout, through a project called, Embrace-A-Stream. View video of the presentation here:


View the Embrace-A-Stream PowerPoint presentation by Chris Hirsch, GBTU Project Lead, and Jennifer Rogers, NepRWA Project Manager


The goals of the Embrace-A-Stream project are to:

  • Understand the health of our cold-water trout streams
  • Understand how our trout are using their habitat
  • Identify problems that need to be addressed
  • Identify lands that need to be protected
  • Track progress of our restoration efforts

Over the spring and summer of 2020, we tracked the trout using eDNA technology and through monitoring of the water temperatures. Read Water Temperature Report


The first phase of the project was completed in the summer of 2019, when we assessed all of the cold water road crossings for wildlife passage.

Examples of poorly designed culverts that create barriers for fish and other aquatic wildlife


Learn More

To learn more about the methods we used to assess our stream crossings, visit the North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative (NAACC) Website.

Special thanks to Greater Boston Trout Unlimited and the Foundation for MetroWest for supporting this important initiative.

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