We help our communities with their stormwater cleanup efforts through regional cooperation and resource sharing, under the umbrella of the Neponset Stormwater Partnership (NSP). The goal is more effective cleanup at a lower cost, through economies of scale.
The partnership communities cooperate on
- creating key permit documents
- printing regional public outreach materials
- creating model stormwater bylaws
Partners include the towns of Canton, Dedham, Foxborough, Medfield, Milton, Norwood, Quincy, Sharon, Stoughton, and Westwood, along with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), and the Neponset River Watershed Association.
Visit www.yourcleanwater.org to learn more about the Neponset Stormwater Partnership.
The Neponset Stormwater Partnership began in 2014 through a Community Innovation Challenge Grant (CIC), which was developed by the Patrick Administration in 2012. On July 1, 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency finalized a tough new stormwater permit for local municipalities.
In addition to conducting its own stormwater technical assistance and public outreach projects, the Neponset Stormwater Partnership is a participant in the MA Statewide Municipal Stormwater Partnership. The statewide partnership brings together groups of communities from across the Commonwealth to share resources, and best practices.
Like much of the metropolitan Boston area, the Neponset River Watershed has many acres of pavement and concrete, which can cause problems with water quality.
Polluted runoff, or “stormwater,” is created when rain falls on pavement and is discharged directly to local waterways via storm drain pipes, along with pet waste, bacteria, oil, litter, fertilizer, grass clippings, and other pollutants.
Water that flows into storm drains is NOT treated—and pollutants on the street flow directly into streams and ponds, affecting the health of drinking water, wildlife and recreation.