Smelt Brook Daylighting Under Construction


Smelt Brook was a hidden stream in Weymouth Landing. What was once a salt marsh estuary stream was buried under buildings, parking lots and roadways.

The daylighting project is opening up Smelt Brook in the Landing, making it open to the air and sun. A walkway and pocket park is build built along the brook for all to enjoy the beauty of Smelt Brook.

This project was a condition of environmental mitigation of the MBTA Greenbush Line Commuter Rail Project. The Fore River Watershed Association and East Braintree Civic Association led this important effort.

The Town of Weymouth Planning under Mayor Bob Hedlund is spearheading the daylighting project. Funds from two MassWorks Infrastructure Grants were provided for the project.

Examples of similar daylighting project in Greater Boston include the Muddy River Restoration Project and a proposal to daylight and restore wetlands and the Bass River in Widett Circle.

The daylighting has a sidewalk and iron railing installed in spring 2020. Landscaping and other improvements still need to be done.

To read more check out this Sierra Club Blog on the project.

Historic Smelt Brook Salt Marsh

Photo by Weymouth Historical Society