Moderate rainfall leads to above-average October water pollution
Data collection continues as water quality takes a typical June decline.
We continue to collect valuable water quality data in compliance with COVID-19 restrictions by implementing enhanced safety procedures to keep our volunteers and staff safe.
Overall, it's a mixed outlook for the Neponset River, with outstanding dissolved oxygen, mediocre total phosphorus, and worsening E. coli levels.
The Neponset River makes a comeback with better E. coli, Phosphorus, and Dissolved Oxygen levels in September.
It's a year round problem. Dog waste that's left on the ground can lead to serious water pollution issues.
We ended the sampling year on a strong note!
Rainy weather contributed to high E. coli concentrations this summer.
The June results are a bit worse than they were in May, but overall not terrible.
The results for June show much higher E. coli levels than were observed in May. This is mainly because June was a wetter month than May, and bacteria levels in wet weather are typically higher than levels in dry weather.
The water sampling results are in and the findings are encouraging. Kudos to the Norwood DPW for the progress they've made toward a healthier Meadow Brook.
The 2016 Citizen Water Monitoring Network (CWMN) season wrapped up on Wednesday, October 13.
Impacts of the drought include unusually high bacteria levels and dangerously low dissolved oxygen levels.
We've resolved six hot spots in total and hope to resolve more before our first season is over.
The majority of our CWMN volunteers managed to get samples for August, despite drought-induced low water levels throughout the Watershed.
This month, bacteria levels were higher than usual, despite the extremely dry weather and low water levels.
The June Citizen Water Monitoring Network (CWMN) sampling event took place on Thursday, June 16. By coincidence, this happened to be the morning after a fire on Hawes Brook resulted in a fish kill involving hundreds of fish, the results of which are discussed later in this post. Our volunteers collaborated to sample 41 different […]
The first Citizen Water Monitoring Network (CWMN) sampling event of the year took place on Thursday, May 19. Our volunteers helped to sample from 41 different sites within the Neponset Watershed, and the below map illustrates the bacteria results we received. Red and orange dots on this map indicate areas along the watershed that are not safe […]
NepRWA aims to discover the source of bacteria in Unquity Brook by using a newly developed technology called Microbial Source Tracking.
Water quality issues have been noted for some time along Unquity Brook; new funding will allow for further investigation.