Happy Earth Day

A volunteer applies a "no dumping" decal to a Milton catchbasin.

A volunteer applies a “no dumping” decal to a catchbasin, to protect the receiving brook.

Dear Friend of the Neponset,

Happy Earth Day! We thank you for making every day Earth Day, here in the Neponset Watershed.

The Neponset River Watershed Association, with your support, helps to make the river, streams, and surrounding lands cleaner and more supportive of wildlife and people.

Earth Day, the Holiday

On Earth Day, people all over the world celebrate the environment and discuss current issues and next steps. They perform environmentally-helpful activities and make the time to enjoy our natural world.

How did Earth Day start? In 1969, then-Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin proposed this holiday as a “teach-in”, where there could be local environmental education activities across the US. He created Earth Day (then called “The National Teach-In on the Crisis of the Environment”) for a time of year when college students would be available, and he recruited many other groups to get involved.

Thanks to the work of organizer Denis Hayes, the US celebrated Earth Day for the first time on April 22, 1970, with approximately 20 million people! In 1990, over 140 nations participated, and these days, almost 200 countries celebrate Earth Day.

Make It a Neponset Earth Day

Learn more about the Neponset Watershed!

  1. Get familiar with the Neponset River Watershed
  2. Learn about our Watershed’s issues
  3. Learn about the work of the Watershed Association
  4. Get involved in watershed protection
  5. Participate in the conversation on social media (see Twitter & Facebook streams)
  6. Explore the Watershed through activities and also on your own time

Thank you for making every day Earth Day in the Neponset Watershed!

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