We protect and improve access to open spaces in the Neponset Watershed.
NepRWA works in partnership with the cities and towns in the Watershed to improve access to the Neponset River and surrounding green space.
The Neponset River Watershed encompasses a large swath of urban and suburban development that often impedes access to the Neponset River, ponds, and woodlands.
We work with the cities and towns in our area to support regulations that increase public access in areas that have been long-neglected, especially in environmental justice communities.
Protection of green spaces and increased public access improves public health and well-being, improves water quality, creates cleaner air, and reduces “heat islands.”
For more information about our Greenways Program, please contact NepRWA Greenways Director, Andres Ripley, at firstname.lastname@example.org
To reach our goal of improved River and park access, we hope to:
- Connect the Neponset Greenway from its northern endpoint at Tenean Beach to Morrissey Boulevard — and at its southern endpoint to the Blue Hills and Warner Trail.
- Plan and organize events and programming along the Greenway Corridor in an effort to help the surrounding communities feel more welcomed along the Neponset.
- Remove barriers and fences that separate neighborhoods from the Neponset River
- Protect undeveloped land on the water’s edge from development
- Place conservation restrictions on open land
- Build trails and walkways on public land
- Convince developers to dedicate their waterfront to “public purposes” such as public walkways and boat launches
- Restore boating passage by removing or modifying obsolete dams
- Facilitate boat rentals on the Neponset River
- Promote recreational areas through better signage
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Acquiring public access easements allows everyone to enjoy parks and sections of the Neponset River in perpetuity.
Neponset Greenway Trail
Uniting Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, and Milton, the Trail provides valuable access to the outdoors in an urban area.
Placing conservation restrictions in designated locations helps to protect the land and waterways in the Watershed.
Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC)
Three significant and unique locations in the Watershed have been designated as ACEC sites.
The preservation of undeveloped land and green space is key to:
- the health and function of biodiversity
- water quality
- community character
- public recreation
- public health and well-being