Watershed Wednesday

You are invited to join us for a monthly ZOOM lunchtime series called “Watershed Wednesday”.


Each month, we will offer a 30-minute session that features a topic relevant to the Neponset River Watershed.

Discover the interesting and complex issues associated with climate change, habitat restoration, water quality, community partnerships, environmental advocacy, wildlife sightings, history, and more!

Time: 12:30-1 pm
Date: Wednesdays – see exact dates below
Location: ZOOM
Cost: FREE – preregistration is required (below)

Scroll to the bottom of the page to see videos of past presentations

  • Wed., Dec 16 – 12:30- 1 pm

The Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition: A Community Group Making a Difference

Shavelle Olivier, Executive Director, Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition (MFFC) and Andres Ripley, NepRWA Greenway Specialist

Join Shavelle and Andres as they discuss the partnerships and neighborhood activism that creates change in our communities.

The MFFC is a collaborative organization that promotes health, wellness, and an active lifestyle for the Mattapan community. Learn more about this dynamic group, their goals, and the role of the Neponset River in their neighborhood.

REGISTER: Dec. 16 – The Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition: A Community Group Making a Difference

  • Wed., Jan. 13 – 12:30- 1:30 pm

NepRWA Annual Water Quality Report Presentation

Declan Devine. NepRWA Environmental Fellow

Join Declan as he presents the results from the 2020 Citizen Water Monitoring Network (CWMN) water sampling program.

Since 1995, CWMN has provided critical scientific data that enables us to advocate for the cleanup of pollution.

Forty-one sampling sites throughout the Neponset River Watershed are tested each month by a group of citizen volunteers. From May to October, each site is tested once a month and the water quality data is used to locate and clean up suspected contaminated areas.

REGISTER: Jan. 13 – NepRWA Annual Water Quality Report Presentation

  • Wed., Feb. 10 – 12:30- 1 pm

Climate Ready Dorchester Report

Two years ago, Mayor Walsh announced Resilient Boston Harbor, a vision for a resilient, connected, green, and equitable waterfront.

Join officials from the Mayor’s office to hear details about the coastal resilience report for Dorchester. There will be time for Q&A after the presentation.

REGISTER: Feb. 10 – Climate Ready Dorchester Report

  • Wed., March 10 – 12:30- 1 pm

Mass Rivers Alliance

The Mass Rivers Alliance is a non-profit environmental advocacy group with a mission to protect and restore the Commonwealth’s rivers and streams.

Hear from the Executive Director, Julia Blatt, who will talk about the unique challenges and rewards of organizing the state’s large and diverse river advocate community to strengthen river protection and climate resiliency in Massachusetts.

REGISTER: March 10 – Mass Rivers Alliance

Past Presentations

“Prepping for Climate Change in the Neponset River Watershed” by Ian Cooke, NepRWA Executive Director


“Saving our Native Trout” by Chris Hirsch, NepRWA Environmental Scientist


“Stormwater 101” by Patrick Hogan, NepRWA Water Resource Professional

Do you have something interesting about the Neponset Watershed that you’d like to share? Perhaps a community success story, amazing hike, beautiful photographs, or a bit of history? Email NepRWA Outreach Director, Nancy Fyler to discuss how you can become a Watershed Wednesday speaker.

Watershed Wednesday is sponsored by Clay Subaru of Norwood, MA

Clay Family Dealerships was founded by C.B. and Howard Clay in 1949 with their first Clay Dealership, Clay Chevrolet, in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. Over the years, Clay Family Dealerships grew to five Massachusetts area dealerships located in Norwood and Newton Massachusetts. Today their flagship store is Clay Subaru conveniently located on “The Automile” Route 1, Norwood, Massachusetts.

The Clay family is proud to support many non-profit organizations in the Boston area. Through various initiatives, Clay has always made it part of its business to give back to the community it calls home. They are especially proud to support the Neponset River Watershed Association to help advocate for and preserve the Neponset River. Clay Subaru makes it a priority to take part in smart environmental practices and to take actions towards preserving our natural spaces.

The Clay Family Dealerships has always been rated as one of the highest dealership groups in Boston in customer service and satisfaction, and strives each day to uphold the Clay family promise—buy easy, drive happy, and pay less at Clay.