Much of the work that the Watershed Association does helps to improve ecological conditions and wildlife habitat. The Association works on:
- ecosystem restoration projects, such as:
- monitoring water quality in streams, ponds, lakes and the River
- pursuing fixes to water quality problems (i.e. broken sewer pipes, malfunctioning septic systems)
- volunteer-staffed surveys of local dams and culverts
- small dam removal
Purple Loosestrife Biocontrol Project
The Watershed Association partnered with DCR-South Region to release two species of beetle at three sites in order to help reduce and control exotic, invasive Purple loosestrife, thereby helping to conserve native biodiversity and wildlife habitat.
Pictured is a treatment site at Brookwood Farm: (left) August 2008, (right) August 2009. In 2008, little effect was seen from the beetles, whereas in 2009, the beetles and their larvae had a significant impact on the loosestrife.
Dam surveys help us to understand the location and condition of many small dams located throughout the watershed that are not necessarily recorded in the state dams database. Most of these dams do not control water levels or produce energy, and instead degrade water quality and the ecological quality of the watershed’s waterways, as well as obstruct the migration of aquatic wildlife throughout the Neponset River system.
Questions? Contact Executive Director, Ian Cooke at 781-575-0354 x305 or firstname.lastname@example.org.