On September 10, 1982, the Back River gained the designation of Area of Critical Environmental Concern. We are excited and proud the Commonwealth of Massachusetts recognizes the value of ensuring its' natural heritage is preserved in the Back River watershed.
We are also proud and excited by the support of Weymouth to having the boundary of this ACEC extended to include Whitmans Pond.
ACEC designation creates a framework for local and regional stewardship of critical resources and ecosystems. Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs) are places in Massachusetts that receive special recognition because of the quality, uniqueness and significance of their natural and cultural resources.
Through Mary Toomey's years of commitment to the environment, nine beautiful parks are now part of the Back River Watershed for everyone to enjoy.
On the Weymouth side of the Back River are the Abigail Adams State Park, Web State Park, Great Esker, and Herring Run Park.
Across the river on the Hingham side are the Bare Cove Park, More-Brewer Reservation, Bouve Conservation Land, Stodderd's Neck Park, and Back River Wilde Life Sanctuary
Pond Meadow Park in Braintree is also part of the Back River Watershed.