Greater Boston Stormwater Spotlight

Recently the Greater Boston TU chapter co-sponsored a public service event on the water quality stewardship work going on in our major river systems.


Stormwater is the greatest source of water pollution in the Northeast. Fertilizer and pesticides that run off of lawns and gardens, and the petrochemicals, fallen leaves, pet waste and phosphorous from auto exhaust that runs offs pavement and flows rapidly into our rivers UNTREATED!


On May 24, GBTTU and Mass Rivers Alliance hosted three experts on stormwater management from the main watershed associations around the Boston area. The audience of engineers, municipal managers, state conservation and restoration staff – and concerned citizens and TU members – got an overview of the work of stormwater pros (a scientist, an engineer and a municipal engagement expert) from the Neponset -, Charles - and Mystic River Watershed Associations.


Each explained what their organizations are doing to combat the problem, including:

  • Stormwater constructed wetlands built as phosphorous filters
  • Rain gardens, street trenches and other green infrastructure and BMPs
  • Restoring natural hydrology in urban areas
  • Public education on nutrient pollution, algal blooms, eutrophication, and cyanobacteria
  • Outreach initiatives to cities, towns, businesses, homeowners … and schools
  • Citizens water monitoring program
  • Law, advocacy, science and policy initiatives

GBTU was pleased be the originator, producer, and co-host of this event in cooperation with the Massachusetts Rivers Association (, an umbrella organization serving as a “voice for rivers” statewide, supported by scores of watershed associations and other champions of the environment (including at least five TU chapters). Publicists for all five organizations helped to get the word out.

For a recording of the Zoom event, go to: Stormwater Spotlight: Greater Boston at