Our cleanups unite volunteers of all ages and abilities from across the Watershed.

Every spring and fall, NepRWA staff and volunteers embark on cleanups throughout the Neponset Watershed. Working together, we are making a difference in our neighborhoods, waterways, and parklands!

Join us! Volunteers needed for our Neponset River Earth Day Cleanup on Sat., April 20, 9 am – noon. Get more details and register!

Do I need any special equipment or skills to volunteer for a cleanup? In short, no—our team will help get you oriented and supply the necessary tools.

  • We provide everything you need for the cleanup: trash bags, trash tongs, rakes, shovels, gloves, waders, hand sanitizer, and bug spray.
  • We recommend that you bring hats, sunscreen, water, snacks — and any favorite work gloves (We will also have gloves on-site for you.)
  • Long pants and closed-toed shoes are recommended for terrain and poison ivy.

Past cleanup sites have included:

  • Granite Ave., Dorchester
  • Tenean Beach, Dorchester
  • Neponset Landing Pier, Quincy
  • Doyle Playground, Hyde Park
  • Edgewater Drive, Mattapan
  • Cooper Park, Norwood
  • Neponset St. Canoe Launch, Canton
  • Walpole Town Forest
  • Lake Massapoag, Sharon

Other ways you can help!

If you’re unable to volunteer but still wish to help, consider making a donation to the cleanup effort.

If you’re interested in sponsoring a cleanup, please contact Development Director, Jennifer Hopcroft at hopcroft@neponset.org or 781-575-0354 x303

Schedule a Corporate or Group Cleanup Event
We offer team-building community service opportunities for local businesses or corporations in the Neponset River Watershed. Get more information.

Nominate a Cleanup Site
Let us know if there is a site that could use a cleanup or invasive species removal. Email outreach@neponset.org

Want to get more involved?

Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped with our fall 2023 cleanup!

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Questions, comments? Please email NepRWA Environmental Science Fellow and Cleanup Manager, Benni Marques.

Special thanks to our cleanup partner, MassDCR, presenting sponsor, ENE Systems, Inc., and Barletta Engineering/Heavy Division.