This year we expanded the cleanup to include the Neponset Riverwalk, Commander Shea Boulevard, and Boston Scientific property in Quincy; the Granite Ave marshes, “tree island”, and Greenway Trail in Dorchester; Pope John Paul II and Port Norfolk Parks in Dorchester; and Baker Condos/Lower Mills/Greenway Trail in Milton.
According to DCR Operations, we filled three 30 yard dumpsters with trash, which included:
- plastic tanks for holding up docks
- part of a boat
- assorted pieces of lumber
- 13 tires
- a 20′ roll of chain link fence
- an extension ladder
- a ceramic tiger lamp
- a plastic doll’s leg
- tennis balls
- iron re-bar and assorted metal pieces
- illegally poured concrete
- dozens of hypodermic needles
- TONS of small pieces of plastic that were super hard to clean up
- more giant bags of litter than could be counted
- 24 large bags of plastic recyclables (mostly water and juice bottles)
We also managed to completely disassemble a very large wooden dock that had been sitting in the marsh by Commander Shea Boulevard for years (and we have a video to prove it)!
There is no doubt that our volunteers transformed the sites around the river, and we are immensely grateful for their time and dedication, not just for us, but for all of the fish, birds, and wildlife that make the Neponset River their home.
Thanks very much to our sponsors!