NepRWA works in partnership with municipal officials in Canton to help protect local waterways and drinking water supplies.

Our work includes:

  • Work with Town Engineers to identify ways to reduce future flooding from extreme rain events.
  • Install storm drain markers to educate townspeople about stormwater pollution.
  • Monitor water quality in local streams and ponds, annually, from May-Oct. Read about our water sampling program.
  • Visit all 3 public elementary schools each year to teach students about water resources, pollution, and conservation. Read about our school program.
  • Manage cleanups (Greenlodge St., Ponkapoag Brook, Neponset St. canoe launch, and Blue Hills Park & Ride in 2022)
  • Remove invasive plants (Messinger Park and Nathaniel Fuller Wildlife Sanctuary in 2022)
  • Advise on state water withdrawal rules, and suggest strategies to meet requirements, protect waterways, and drinking water resources.
  • Help the Town comply with US EPA stormwater requirements by reviewing local bylaws and recommending updates, developing public outreach materials, and assisting with preparation for permits.
  • Help identify locations where polluted stormwater runoff can be reduced and help make plans to fix it.
  • Assisted with rain garden and green infrastructure projects at Devoll Field and the Luce School to reduce polluted stormwater runoff.
  • Helped facilitate the redevelopment of Farnham-Connolly State Park on Neponset Street.
  • Assisted the Canton Walk Bike and Hike Committee and the Town’s efforts to extend the Warner trail from its terminus along Dedham St. on the Sharon/Canton border to the Blue Hills.

Luce School & Devoll Field Upgrades

In 2017, the Town of Canton, in partnership with NepRWA, was awarded $134,784 from MassDEP and EPA to prevent stormwater pollution at Devoll Field and the Luce Elementary School.

The grant funded the construction of rain gardens and other types of green infrastructure that collect polluted stormwater and filter it through specially selected plants and filtering soil.

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Art students at Canton High School paint rain barrels, 2018. These were later auctioned to pay for a water bottle refill station at the school.