Since our founding in 1967, our mission has been to protect and restore the natural resources of the Neponset River, its tributaries, and surrounding watershed lands for the benefit of present and future generations.
We bring together citizens, scientists, engineers, and local officials to solve real-world problems in your neighborhood.
Our most important work is at the city and town level, recruiting volunteers to test water and carry out hands-on restoration projects, visiting schools to educate kids about water, and working with communities to stop water waste and pollution.
Major goals of NepRWA’s strategic plan:
- Make our waterways, water supplies, communities, and habitats more resilient to climate change
- Stop water pollution and restore swimmable water quality
- Conserve water, reduce flooding, and restore natural stream flows
- Protect and restore habitats for native fish and wildlife
- Open up recreational access and facilitate the protection of open spaces
- Build a diverse and lasting constituency through education and advocacy
The Neponset has come a long way from its days as a severely polluted industrial river.
Today, most streams and ponds are swimmable during dry weather, and much of the River has been opened up for canoeing, bike paths, and waterfront parks.