River Cleanups

NepRWA organizes two large Neponset River cleanups a year and volunteers play a key role.

Cleanups make a huge difference in the health of the Neponset River, and over the years we’ve collected a mind-boggling array of debris, including abandoned cars, bicycles and motorcycles, tires, shopping carts, construction materials, dock pieces, flotsam, and jetsam, and all manner of everyday trash.  We’ve even pulled out a kitchen sink!

Volunteers are essential to our Cleanups
Many hands make light work, and we could never accomplish as much as we do without the help of our many dedicated volunteers.

As a volunteer, you may work from boats or from land.  We provide all tools, gloves, bags, water, and snacks.  Folks should always come prepared to get dirty and should dress for the weather (hats, sunscreen, closed-toed shoes).

Neponset River Fall Cleanup 2022

Sat. Sept. 17  from 9 am-noon

Join NepRWA staff and volunteers as we clean up the waterfronts and parklands along the Neponset River! (Exact locations are still to be determined.)

  • We will provide trash bags, trash tongs, rakes, shovels, gloves, hand sanitizer, and bug spray.
  • Please plan to bring hats, sunscreen, water, snacks — and any favorite work gloves (we will also have gloves on-site for you.)
  • Long pants and closed-toed shoes are recommended for terrain and poison ivy.
  • You can choose the site you wish to be at when you register.

Click here to register

If you have any questions, please email NepRWA Environmental Fellow, Eleanor Yeomans, at yeomans@neponset.org

If you’re unable to volunteer but still wish to help, consider making a donation to the cleanup effort at www.neponset.org/donate

If you’re interested in sponsoring a cleanup, please contact Development Director, Jennifer Hopcroft at hopcroft@neponset.org or 781-575-0354 x303

View past cleanup photos