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 and its banks in 3 hours. A little more than 6.5 tons of trash was cleaned up, including 121 tires; 435 plastic food wrappers, straws, bags, and containers; 2 TVs, 201 pieces of scrap metal and construction materials, 10 plastic containers of motor oil, 11 milk crates, 14 shopping carts, a twin mattress, a wedding cake topper, auto parts, a metal sink and table, a door, a traffic cone, an Apple computer, a canoe, a hammock, a loveseat, and much more.
Volunteers came from near and far to help clean up the river!
(Ryan Playground, River St, Mattapan)
Each year we have done the cleanup we have seen a decrease in the amount of trash in the river, but there’s much more to be done! If you are interested in volunteering for the spring cleanup or other volunteer efforts, go to: https://www.neponset.org/do-your-part/volunteer-opportunities/
Special thanks to State Representative Angelo M. Scaccia, State Representative Dan Cullinane, City Councilor Tim McCarthy, MA Dept. of Conservation & Recreation (DCR), James G. Grant Co., Town of Milton, Norfolk County Mosquito Control, Home Depot, Paddle Boston, Tecnu, ENE Systems, Budget Dumpster, Eastern Nazarene College, Wegmans, Stop & Shop, Volunteer Site Captains, Edgewater Neighborhood Association, Mattapan Food & Fitness, Pall Biotech green team, and the Wentworth Institute of Technology students.
Kelly Di Stefano, September 2019