How clean are the waterways in my community?
Several NSP communities conduct regular water testing with the help of volunteers in one or more of their watersheds.
In other areas, water quality data may be collected by nonprofit groups or the state Department of Environmental Protection from time to time.
Stormwater Runoff Pollutes Local Waterways
When precipitation (rain or snow melt) falls on hard surfaces such as roads, sidewalks, driveways, and roofs, it can’t soak into the ground. Instead, it runs off the surface and often makes it’s way to the storm drain system. This runoff is referred to as "stormwater." Read more about stormwater runoff.
Click this link to watch a video of the Neponset River Watershed Association's Environmental Scientist discussing these issues with Canton Community TV.