A watershed is an area of land which all drains into one river system.
The Saugus River is 13 miles long and has six tributaries:
- the Mill River
- Bennets Pond Brook
- the Pines River
- Hawkes Brook
- Crystal Pond Brook
- Shute Brook
The river falls 90 feet from its source, Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield,
to its mouth at Boston Broad Sound.
The main stem of the Saugus River flows through four towns:
Water from six more towns joins the river via small tributaries.
The Saugus River Watershed includes all of Saugus and portions of 10
The watershed is over 47 square miles.
The watershed is an urbanized area with commercial, industrial and
Five major transportation corridors pass through the watershed: Routes
1, 95/128, 107, 1A and the MBTA Commuter Rail line.