You can make a difference in the Neponset!

We have many opportunities throughout the year for all ages, abilities, and time commitments.

As a volunteer, you might:

  • sample water at streams around the Watershed
  • work with other volunteers on cleanups
  • remove invasive species or help maintain trails
  • staff an event table on behalf of NepRWA
  • take photos around the Watershed for use in publications
  • survey dams and culverts
  • advocate for Watershed protection
  • advance environmental justice
  • assist with office projects
  • community outreach

To get started:

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Every year, we host two major cleanups along the Neponset River, tributaries, ponds, and parks.

These large-scale cleanups involve hundreds of volunteers and have led to the removal of many tons of trash and debris.

Our cleanups are appropriate for all ages and abilities. We provide gloves, chest waders, canoes, trash bags, rakes, shovels, water, snacks, and first aid supervision.

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Help remove invasive plants or work on trail maintenance.

Sites vary throughout the Watershed and are generally determined in early spring. Tools provided.

Water Samplers Needed, May-Oct.

Help support our long-running Community Water Monitoring Network (CWMN) Program!

Volunteers are needed to collect water quality samples in Dedham and Norwood, and we always need on-call volunteers to sample when we might be short-staffed.

Sampling occurs once a month, on the second Thursday, from May through Oct. Training is provided.

For more information, email NepRWA River Restoration Director, Sean McCanty, at

Help place educational storm drain markers around your neighborhood!

Polluted stormwater runoff is the number one source of water pollution in the Neponset River Watershed. Reducing stormwater helps to protect our local drinking water resources, wildlife, and recreation.

This is a great activity for youth groups and families! Training and supplies are provided.

Take photos of people, animals, plants, landscapes, pollution, and flooding in the Watershed. Or join us to document our various events.

Feel free to share photos with us @neprwa via social media:

Have something to share? Want to volunteer for an event or special project? Please email Outreach & Communications Director, Nancy Fyler, at

We rely on the generosity of volunteers to help manage many of our public outreach events.

As a volunteer, you might table at a farmer’s market, green festival, or community event. You can choose to work for as long or as short a time as you like. Training and materials are provided as needed.

For more information, email NepRWA Outreach & Communications Director, Nancy Fyler, at

Help your team build new connections while making an impact in the community.

Corporate and group volunteer events include:

  • Invasive species removal
  • River cleanups
  • Trail maintenance

NepRWA staff will meet with you to discuss your goals and interests and help come up with a volunteer project that is right for your team.

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Join a committee to help shape our work and plan for the future.

Advisory Council
The Advisory Council meets twice a year to give input on projects, community outreach, and strategic planning.

Development Committee
The Development Committee is an advisory group that helps support NepRWA’s fundraising and donor-relations work to ensure our financial success and sustainability. No financial or fundraising experience required!

Stormwater Outreach Committee

Marketing and advertising pros are needed to help guide efforts to increase the impact of campaigns aimed at reducing pollution and saving water by changing behaviors.

To learn more, email NepRWA Executive Director, Ian Cooke, at

Help with occasional mass mailings.

Normally takes place at the NepRWA office during business hours. We’ll send out invitations a few days in advance and if you can make it great, and if not, no worries.

Bonus: free coffee, donuts, and lively conversation!