Donor Impact Highlights: 2022-2023

Thank you for supporting a healthy, resilient and accessible Neponset River Watershed.

Our members, donors and volunteers helped to drive some amazing accomplishments around the Watershed over the last year. See below for a few of the highlights, and THANK YOU for making all this and more possible!

Build Climate Resilience

  • Assembled a coalition of 12 communities from Quincy and Boston all the way to Foxborough, to explore implementation of climate adaptation measures on a regional basis.
  • Developed a Watershed-wide flood model to identify areas that will flood as the climate continues changing and begin evaluating options to reduce impacts on residents and businesses.
  • Reviewed land use regulations in 11 communities and recommended changes to advance climate resilience.
  • Secured funding for continued work with communities on flooding and climate education.
  • Helped secure funding to study climate-driven water quality problems at Lake Massapoag.

Restore Habitats

  • Finished removal of the Mill Pond Dam on Traphole Brook and the Canton Avenue Dam on Pine Tree Brook.
  • Formalized partnerships with Walpole and Foxborough to expand water conservation programs.
  • Secured partial funding for new salt marsh restoration projects.
  • Completed design plans for replacing a problem culvert on Traphole Brook in Sharon.

Stop Water Pollution

  • Helped Dedham adopt new fee-based stormwater funding mechanism, and supported planning in other towns.
  • Advocated for stronger state and federal stormwater requirements that recognize climate change.
  • Completed eight new stormwater retrofit designs in four communities.
  • Helped secure $300,000 to help Walpole clean up stormwater pollution.
  • Introduced an expanded water quality report card with more data sources.
  • Began monitoring road salt pollution that impacts drinking water.

Educate Our Youth and Local Residents

  • Reached some 3,000 fifth graders across 10 towns with our watershed curriculum.
  • Reached residents in 12 communities, more than 100,000 homes, on how to manage pet waste, fertilizers, yard waste, septic systems, and dumpsters.

Create Greenways and Open Space

  • Construction started on Tenean Beach to Morrissey Boulevard section of the Greenway.
  • Trained two summer interns who gained valuable work experience, surveyed Greenway users, and planned for removal of invasive plants.
  • Completed construction of a new boardwalk on the Quincy RiverWalk with volunteer labor.
  • Continued collaboration with neighbors of Hyde Park’s Doyle Park and Mattapan’s Edgewater Park, both now almost ready for construction.
  • Advanced plan for new River access near West Street in Hyde Park.
  • Partnered with the Greenway Council on trail maintenance, education and informational kiosks.
  • Brought people together to advocate for connecting the Neponset Greenway to the Blue Hills and collected 1,000+ survey responses.

Leverage Volunteer Power

  • Rallied 400+ volunteers across 20+ sites for River and park cleanups.
  • Volunteers collected 1,200+ water quality measurements at 41 sites, to document pollution & waterway health.
  • Volunteers removed hundreds of pounds of invasive plants.

Prioritize Environmental Justice

  • Partnered with X-cel Education and KeySteps to provide environmental science training for underserved youth.
  • Helped EPA organize community outreach meetings for the Lower Neponset Superfund site.
  • EPA began cleanup of the infamous Lewis Chemical site in Hyde Park.
  • Successfully killed a second electronic billboard proposal near the River.
  • Completed 20+ public outreach events, introducing some 2,000 people to the River, with a focus on engaging EJ communities.

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