Do You Know Your Watershed?

Neponset Watershed map
Neponset River Watershed

Did you know?  Sharon is part of the Neponset River Watershed, a 120-square mile area that drains into the Neponset River.

A watershed is the area of land that drains into a body of water, like a river, pond, harbor or lake. A watershed is sometimes referred to as a “river basin,” a “river valley,” or a “drainage basin.”

A watershed might contain a variety of landscapes, ecosystems, and man-made structures. For instance, a watershed could include forests, parking lots, mountains, wetlands, hills, streams, apartment complexes, ponds, cities, lakes, businesses, towns, landfills, state parks, etc. Everybody in each community is affected by water use and water quality throughout the watershed.

girl on log vernal poolR.Russell2003The Neponset River Watershed includes parts of 14 cities and towns: Boston (Hyde Park, Mattapan, and Dorchester), Canton, Dedham, Dover, Foxborough, Medfield, Milton, Norwood, Randolph, Quincy, Sharon, Stoughton, Walpole and Westwood.

  • Roughly 300,000 people live in the watershed.
  • The Neponset River, itself, runs for 30 miles through the middle of the watershed.
  • The River starts in Foxboro, near Gillette Stadium, and ends in Dorchester/Quincy, near the Boston Gas tank by I-93.

The Neponset has come a long way from its days as a severely polluted industrial river. Today, most streams in the Neponset River system meet swimmable standards during dry weather, and much of the river has been opened up for canoeing, bike paths and waterfront parks.

Neponset River Watershed Association

Neponset_logos_vertical_CMYKThe Neponset River Watershed Association is a grassroots, member-supported conservation group working to clean up and protect the Neponset River, its tributaries and surrounding watershed lands.  Members, volunteers and staff work in your neighborhood, every day, to stop water pollution, educate area residents, monitor river health, conserve water, open the watershed to recreation, and restore fish and wildlife habitats.

Hyde Park Clean up volunteers pulling trashMember support makes all the difference in protecting and restoring the Neponset River and its watershed, but the River needs more friends!  Consider joining the Watershed Association!

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