Neponset River 2018 Spring Cleanup Results

THANK YOU to all of the volunteers, staff, board members and sponsors who helped to make our annual spring cleanup such a big success. The Neponset River and surrounding areas are cleaner today because of you!

Somehow we managed to catch one of the few nice days of the spring – a clear, mild day in the 70’s.  By 9am, there were about 250 volunteers spread out along the Neponset River and watershed area, from Squantum Point in Quincy to Devoll Field in Canton.

This year’s cleanup was especially ambitious, as we included new sites at Tenean Beach in Dorchester; Truman Parkway near Paul’s Bridge in Hyde Park; the Edgewater Drive neighborhood in Mattapan; the estuary marshes, Pine Tree Brook and Pope’s Pond in Milton; and a site at Devoll Field in Canton.


Squantum Point, Quincy – before & after the cleanup.

As expected, we found LOTS of debris in the water and along the shoreline. Some of the trash came from the record breaking winter storm surges, while some was deposited during the normal tide cycle. Unfortunately, there was also lots of trash that was clearly from illegal dumping. Here is just a partial list of what was collected:

30+ tires
3  plastic dock floats
20 large blocks of styrofoam (and many small bits of styrofoam)
75+ trash bags full of garbage
20+ long boards of lumber
250+ bags full of trash
1 boat rudder
1 truckload of assorted lumber
Assorted Jewelry
Vintage Coca-Cola bottle
1 Mattress and headboard
Misc Auto Parts
Abandoned motorboat
Broken sink
Roofing shingles
Metal rebar
Wooden door panels
Large old tv
Hypodermic needles – lots!
Plastic tricycle
Doll head
Lots of plastic bottles, plastic caps, food wrappers, plastic bags & utensils

Thank you to our sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor ENE Systems, Inc.

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