NepRWA Receives Community Leadership Award

On June 22, 2024, NepRWA was honored to receive a Community Leadership Award from the Boston-based non-profit organization, Empowering People for Inclusive Communities (EPIC) for efforts in engaging youth through a rain garden Legacy Project.

Community collaboration and youth engagement are at the core of NepRWA’s mission and we believe that empowering the next generation is crucial for the continued health of our environment.

We are thankful to everyone who contributed to this project and look forward to many more such initiatives in the years to come!

The Project

As part of a 2024 Annual Legacy Project, EPIC’s ‘Service Warriors’ committed themselves to building a rain garden to help ensure clean water — a vital goal for our environment and communities. Learn more about EPIC’s Service Warriors.

The Service Warriors collaborated with NepRWA staff to learn about water pollution, which included a presentation on stormwater pollution within the Neponset Watershed and green infrastructure initiatives.

In April, in partnership with the City of Boston Department of Green Infrastructure, NepRWA staff, volunteers, and the Service Warriors gathered at the West Street Urban Wild in Hyde Park to construct a rain garden.

Click here to view project photos.

The rain garden not only enhanced the urban landscape but also made a significant environmental impact.

Many thanks to EPIC for their unwavering commitment to inclusive community leadership. Together, we are making a difference—one rain garden at a time!

For more information about this project, please email NepRWA Water Stewardship Manager, Suzanna Sullivan

EPIC prepares young people with disabilities to be actively engaged community leaders while eliminating ableism to equip the world for today’s disabled leaders.

Building a rain garden at West Street Urban Wild in Hyde Park.

What is a Rain Garden?

A rain garden is a depressed area or an “artificial puddle” in a landscape, planted with native plants, shrubs, or trees (or even just grass), that collects rainwater from parking areas, driveways, walkways, or roof downspouts.

During rainstorms, runoff enters the rain garden and slowly filters into the ground, rather than running off the pavement and washing pollution into a storm drain.

Allowing rainwater to slowly filter into the ground helps keep our water clean and also allows more water to recharge our underground water supplies.

Click here to get printable instructions on how to build a rain garden

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