Level 3-Critical Drought in Neponset River Watershed

Updated August 10, 2022– The Neponset River Watershed is in the MA Level 3-Critical Drought Area. All Non-Essential Outdoor Water Use* is Banned.   *Essential uses are defined by MassDEP as uses required: a) for health or safety reasons; b) by regulation; c) for the production of food and fiber; d) for the maintenance of […]

Municipal Outdoor Water Restrictions | Neponset River Watershed

Updated June 15, 2022 — Significant Drought Declared for Southeast and Northeast Regions in MA “With Massachusetts continuing to experience dry conditions in much of the state over the course of the last several months, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Beth Card today declared a Level 2-Significant Drought in both the Northeast and Southeast […]

Drought Action Needed Now

We urge you to contact your legislators and ask them to pass the bill to protect water supplies across drought regions.

Drought or Not, Every Drop Counts

Drought may not be an issue in our region right now, but water shortages strike different areas at different times of year, so saving water is always important!

Lessons from a Tough Summer for the River

The drought of 2016 will go down as one for the record books in the Neponset Watershed, with the lowest average flows in 76 years of record keeping in July, August, and likely to set records this fall. The impacts on the river have been significant. As this photo of the Neponset in South Walpole […]

Water Quality Data – August 2016

The majority of our CWMN volunteers managed to get samples for August, despite drought-induced low water levels throughout the Watershed.

Drought Level Increases

Sept. 9, 2016 — Drought Level Increases for Regions of Commonwealth, Other Areas Unchanged Monitoring of Water Resources to Continue, Water Conservation by Public Necessary Click here to read press release from MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

Neponset Hits New Lows

As the drought of 2016 continues, the Neponset River Watershed marks new record low flows for July and August.

Don’t Ignore Leaky Faucets

The average household's leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year, or the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry.