Going “hyperlocal” means getting our volunteers and staff much more deeply engaged in helping each of our municipalities to cleanup and protect the Neponset River and its watershed.
Why hyperlocal? Because almost everything that really matters gets DONE at the municipal level. Fixing leaky sewers? Check. Ensuring developers don’t pollute our water? Check. Making sure our drinking water and the river don’t dry up in the next drought? Check. Protecting conservation land? Check. Preparing for bigger storms? Check. And the list goes on and on.
NepRWA has been working more and more closely with our municipalities over the last few years, and getting great results. For example:
- An upcoming stormwater upgrade project in Canton
- Three Important Land Acquisitions
- Hotspot Progress in Dedham and Norwood
For the most part, we have focused on helping municipal staff be more effective in their water related work, and this is something we are definitely going to continue doing.
Municipalities Matter, Now More than Ever
Launch a New Era of Grassroots Leadership in Your Community
Beginning in 2018, we aim to take our municipal partnerships to the next level. We will get our volunteers and staff more actively engaged with the work of local officials—the selectmen, planning board members, city councilors, town meeting members and others—who set the direction for the municipal staff to follow.
We are calling this new initiative our Community Mobilization Program. With 14 cities and towns, its not a minor undertaking. That’s why our Board has set a goal of raising an additional $37,000 during this fall’s annual appeal to hire a new part-time Community Engagement Manager to lead this initiative.
Invest in Your Community This Fall
This is the kind of grassroots work that can only really be funded by grassroots donations from people who care about the future of their community and are willing to step up and do something about it.
If you are one of the many people who has already donated this fall, thank you! If not, we still have a long way to go and we need your help. Please consider making a special year-end donation or becoming a monthly sustainer. If you’ve never contributed before, there’s never been a better time to start investing in your community. Your support in any amount will make a real difference. Thank you for being an advocate for the health of your river and your community!
Ian Cooke, Executive Director, December 2017