Mother Brook

Mother Brook is a man-made canal that cuts across Dedham to connect the Charles River to the Neponset River. It was dug by colonial settlers in the 1600s to provide a more significant elevation change than was afforded by the Charles River to generate water power for mills. Click HERE to read more about the history of Mother Brook in the wikipedia article (caveat: it’s wiki, so it could be completely untrue).

Today I joined a bunch of Dedhamites for a cleanup event at Mother Brook, taking advantage of low water levels due to ongoing repairs to the dam. We removed traffic cones, shopping carts, mattresses, tires, furniture, a bicycle, and about 25 contractor bags full of other garbage. Here are a few of the highlights.

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It was an impressive effort and I was happy to be a part of it, and to meet several other people who obviously care as much as I do about Dedham’s natural resources.

I walked over to an area where I know there are a few stems of white vervain and I was happy to see they are in bloom.