Lower Neponset River Restoration

  The Lower Neponset River restoration project presents a unique opportunity to continue the revitalization of neighborhoods along the river by making the Neponset cleaner, more accessible, and closer to its natural condition. Since the 1970s, an extraordinary improvement in the water quality of the Neponset River has occurred. Untreated industrial wastewater discharges and sewer […]

Daylighting the Neponset

As you travel downstream from the Neponset Reservoir in Foxboro, you notice Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots and New England Revolution. It was during the Stadium’s construction that almost one-third-mile of “dead” Neponset River was brought back to life. For more than four decades, two sections of the Neponset River had been […]

Habitat Restoration

Our goals are to mitigate ecological degradation, restore higher levels of native species diversity, and improve wildlife habitat in the watershed. Projects include: Dam Removal One simple way to improve the ecological function of a waterway is to remove the man-made structures that impede its functions. Reducing Stormwater Pollution One of the main culprits of […]

Removing River and Stream Obstructions

One simple way to improve the ecological function of a waterway is to remove the man-made structures that impede its functions. These structures often consist of old dams that no longer serve their purpose, and culverts that are undersized, poorly designed, and/or malfunctioning. Read about: Lower Neponset River Restoration Program The Lower Neponset River restoration […]

Inhabitants of the Watershed

Mammals Muskrats build homes in Neponset ponds and wetlands and in the banks of streams and the river. They live along waterways rich in plant life – on which they feed (they also will feed on small fish, clams, snails and turtles). North American river otters build dens in riverbanks and swim through ponds, rivers, […]

Controlling Purple loosestrife

The Watershed Association and the Mass. Department of Conservation & Recreation - South Region collaborated on a five-year project to reduce exotic, invasive Purple loosestrife in the Fowl Meadow and Blue Hills Reservation, to improve native biodiversity and wildlife habitat.

Migratory Fish

Migratory fish, or “diadromous” fish, and their habitat have decreased throughout the Boston Harbor Watershed, of which Neponset River Watershed is a part. Fish that migrate between salt water, brackish water, and freshwater as part of their life cycle are called “migratory (diadromous) fish.” This group of fish also includes “anadromous” and “catadromous” species. Anadromous fish […]