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State and Federal Officials Award $1 Million Settlement Funding to Ecological Restoration Projects in Upper Neponset River Watershed
The Federal Department of the Interior and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection recently released their draft restoration plan for the upper Neponset River.
Cutting phrgamites does very little to dissuade the regrowth of this invasive plant.
The extraordinary high tide in the Neponset Estuary a few weeks ago provided a clear message: it’s time for the Commonwealth and our communities to get serious about climate adaptation.
Chris & Annie are working hard to remove Phragmites, an invasive plant, in Milton. NepRWA staff and volunteers are working to remove Phragmites to help restore Pine Tree Brook in Milton. The plan is to cut back the dead material from past year’s growth and burn the cut reeds (seen in the video) for site […]
Brook trout are almost unheard of in greater Boston, which makes the Pine Tree Brook population a very rare and special population worth protecting and conserving.
A landowner, abutters, DCR and NepRWA collaborate to save one of the few unprotected endangered species habitats inside 95/128.
Removing dams along Pine Tree Brook and the Neponset River will help to restore fish migrations that have been lost for hundreds of years.
Mass DEP and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plan to spend one-million dollars to complete wetland, stream, and groundwater restoration projects in the upper Neponset watershed.
It took 19 very enthusiastic volunteers only two hours to clear a pair of boulder dams from Traphole Brook in Walpole last month. But the native brook trout for which Traphole is famous, were even faster, moving up through their newly restored habitat just 30 minutes after the dam had been cleared.
With new funding, NepRWA can now begin the process of removing two small dams and modifying a third to benefit native brook trout populations.
A variety of important watershed issues have prominent places on town meeting agendas across the basin this spring. Here’s just a small sampling…
After decades of having to deal with a toxic waste site, and decades spent lobbying to clean it up, it looks like the Port Norfolk neighborhood of Dorchester is finally going to get what it wants.
After some initial setbacks, our small dams program has regrouped and is now targeting three dams on Pine Tree Brook in Milton. We've also been working on a list of "micro" dams that can be remediated using volunteer crews.
A 40B project raises questions about water quality Last year a Framingham developer proposed to build a 174-unit apartment complex including affordable housing on a sloping four-acre meadow in a neighborhood of single-family homes on Moosehill Road in Walpole. The sandy meadow is dry on top but leaks badly at its lower edges, since it […]
The Watershed Association has embarked on a program to remove small dams from streams around the watershed, to re-connect and restore the function and health of our river system. By removing small dams (over 115 exist in our watershed!), we: Restore opportunities for fish and other aquatic wildlife to travel longer stream lengths; to pass […]
Every year, around the last week in April / first week in May, Galerucella calmariensis and G. pusilla beetles emerge from their underground winter shelters to feed on the young shoots of exotic, invasive Purple loosestrife.
February 2013 – We are proud to announce that the Watershed Association has been awarded a grant of $7,500 from the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program (MBP) Research and Planning Grant Program for estuarine protection and restoration. The grant will help fund a project to gather together existent data on Neponset Estuary water quality and assess how […]
Nov. 2012 — Dam removal would greatly expand fishing opportunities. Boating which is currently blocked by the dams would be safer and considerably more enjoyable, and the safety of those recreating along the banks of the river would be enhanced. Removing dams also would change the appearance of the river as seen from the perspective […]