Can six towns and one watershed association upgrade 720 bathrooms and 360 laundry rooms in just four months in a bid to save 157 million gallons of water?
Your donation will help clean up the Neponset River, restore fish and wildlife habitats, and open up recreational access for all.
New report evaluates what requirements Neponset communities may face under revised water withdrawal permitting system and identifies options for making water supply activities more sustainable.
A safer, more beautiful and healthy Neponset River Watershed results from the efforts of thousands of individuals, families, volunteers, businesses, and government departments – including everything that each of us does at home! We help the environment every time we each make an effort to recycle more, conserve more water and electricity, plant the yard with […]
Inhabited by people for thousands of years, and industrialized for 375 years, it’s not a surprise that Neponset River Watershed has its share of environmental issues, including: Climate Change Climate change affects Neponset land, water, people and wildlife, changing what we view as “normal.” Species adapt to these changes, migrate elsewhere, or deal with the […]
From wooded hills to sedge-filled wet meadows, from the briny estuary to freshwater streams, from salt marshes to rock outcroppings, the Neponset River Watershed is rich with nature. Our watershed is made up of a striking array of landscapes, habitats and species – despite 10,000 years of human habitation and over 375 years of industrialization. […]
Summertime lawn watering uses almost 50% more water than indoor winter usage, and depletes the groundwater that sustains local streams and ecosystems. Often, this water is wasted due to a general misunderstanding about lawn care. In fact, some experts estimate that more than half of the water used for irrigation is wasted due to evaporation, […]
Advances in plumbing technology and design mean that faucets, showers, and toilets can use significantly less water than standard models while still delivering the rinse, spray, and flush you expect. If you are replacing water appliances, look for the WaterSense label at your local retailer. WaterSense is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program designed […]
It’s easy to conserve water, save money, and protect the environment at the same time. In the Bathroom Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing your teeth. Take shorter showers! Showers generally use less water than baths. (A 10 min shower uses approx. 25 gallons of water, while a full bathtub takes approx. 80 […]
Thanks to the advocacy of the Watershed Association and other watershed groups, the state will soon be formally proposing new regulations for large groundwater withdrawals.
Working with municipalities and residents, NepRWA helps to protect our critical and precious water resources. Over 120,000 residents of the Neponset Watershed rely on local groundwater for some or all of their drinking water. Much of the groundwater in our watershed is being pumped out by public water suppliers before it can reach surface waters. […]
There are many steps that we can all take to help conserve water around our homes and businesses. It’s up to all of us to use our water wisely and protect our resources. Upgrade to Water Efficient Appliances Advances in plumbing technology and design mean that faucets, showers, and toilets can use significantly less water […]
There are many ways to make a difference in the health of the Neponset Watershed, whether by taking action at your home or office, or by volunteering for a cleanup, or by supporting us with your membership. Become a member Become a member today and help to protect the water, wildlife and land in the […]
The condition of aquatic resources, and the habitat they provide for species in the Neponset River Watershed, is affected by a variety of factors and activities in the landscape. Pollutants; low water levels; direct removal of habitat; disturbance of vegetation and soil at the water’s edge; exotic, invasive species; acid precipitation; obstructions (dams); and degradation […]
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, […]
Help reduce polluted stormwater and flooding by capturing runoff from your rooftop, driveway, or the street and redirecting it into a rain garden
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 […]
We have many volunteer opportunities throughout the year, so be sure to sign up for our emails to stay up to date. As a volunteer, you might: sample water at streams around the watershed work with other volunteers on a river cleanup staff an event table on behalf of the Watershed Association take photo’s […]