Neponset River Cleanup a BIG Success!

Wow, what a day! Over 150 volunteers joined us for the Neponset Cleanup/DCR Park Serve Day on Saturday, and what a difference they made!


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)!

Click here to see photos & videos.

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.

We would also like to express our gratitude to our sponsors: Neponset Landing, Venezia Waterfront Restaurant, Roche Bros., Fruit Center Market Place, Bass Pro Shops, Budget Dumpsters & Home Depot.

And finally, a huge thank you to the Department of Conservation and Recreation for cleanup supplies and trash removal, and Boston Water and Sewer Commission for providing the water trailer.

Thanks very much to our sponsors!

Budget Dumpsters

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