Monatiquot River

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Monatiquot River
Origin Braintree, Massachusetts
Mouth Weymouth Fore River
42°13′25″N 70°58′03″W / 42.2236°N 70.9676°W / 42.2236; -70.9676 (Monatiquot River)Coordinates: 42°13′25″N 70°58′03″W / 42.2236°N 70.9676°W / 42.2236; -70.9676 (Monatiquot River)
Basin countries United States
Length 4.9 miles (7.9 km)
Source elevation 30 feet (9 m)
Mouth elevation sea level
Basin area 28.7 square miles (74 km2)

The Monatiquot River is a 4.9-mile-long (7.9 km)[1] river in Braintree, Massachusetts, formed by the confluence of the Farm River and Cochato River (42°11′41″N 71°00′46″W / 42.19475°N 71.0127°W / 42.19475; -71.0127 (Monatiquot River source)) in the Braintree Municipal Golf Course, flowing in swampy meanders to the northeast, and emptying into the tidal Weymouth Fore River estuary. Its drainage area is 28.7 square miles (74 km2).

The river was a key aspect of colonial Braintree for its river herring. Later its strong flow was useful for early industry such as grist mills. It has remained a relatively clean river to date, with wildlife including birds, turtles, muskrats and fish, but recently has been polluted by sediments from the Graziano Inc. concrete batching operation.[citation needed]

The river was also where Paul Revere operated a Nail Mill from when he was alive until the 1860s when the Mill was retooled. That Nail company has since moved to southeastern Massachusetts and is still in business today producing nails on the same equipment installed during that 1860's retooling..[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed April 1, 2011