Mile-a-minute

Mile-a-minute, or Persicaria perfoliata, is an exotic, invasive, spiny vine that grows in the Neponset River Watershed. In fact, Mile-a-minute grows right in the Canton section of Fowl Meadow, a designated Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC)! The climbing plant shades out native plants (e.g., reduces the other plants’ ability to photosynthesize / make food, […]

Water chestnut

European water chestnut (Trapa natans) is an exotic, invasive aquatic plant that can occupy slow-moving waters and especially ponds and lakes in the Commonwealth. Did you know that European water chestnut lives in the Neponset River Watershed? Water chestnut has grown in Ellis Pond in Norwood. The MA Department of Environmental Management initially spotted the […]

Asian longhorned beetles

In early July 2010, exotic, invasive Asian longhorned beetles were discovered in six Red maple trees at the Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain, a neighborhood of Boston. Jamaica Plain is right on the outskirts of the Neponset River Watershed. As soon as the beetles were identified, the trees were removed, to prevent further spread of […]

Control Invasive Species

Exotic, invasive species are organisms that arrive in an area far from their home and then succeed in surviving, reproducing, and spreading. Exotic, invasive species bring turmoil to a natural system; they can out compete native species and reproduce vastly, taking over a significant swathe of the ecosystem in a short time, changing the structure […]

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 […]

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.

Exotic, Invasive Species

Exotic, invasive species are organisms that arrive in an area far from their home and then succeed in surviving, reproducing, and spreading. Exotic, invasive species bring turmoil to a natural system; they can out compete native species and reproduce vastly, taking over a significant swathe of the ecosystem in a short time, changing the structure […]