Blackstone River Watershed Council / Friends of the Blackstone
Our Mission: To restore, enhance and preserve the physical, historical and cultural integrity of the Blackstone River, its watershed and its eco-system, through public advocacy, education, recreation, stewardship and the promotion of our unique Blackstone Valley resource.
We are a Rhode Island non-profit organization dedicated to making the Blackstone River fishable and swimmable. Our programs are dedicated to protecting, preserving and enhancing the natural habitat of local river wildlife and creating recreational programs for the local residents to enjoy.
All of our programs provide opportunities to volunteer, including cleanups, education and work with local municipalities to bring this great river and its surrounding watersheds back to its natural and majestic state.
Latest News (click headline to read more)
Check out the pictures from the Fly Fishing Workshop provided by the instructors from Trout Unlimited, Northern RI Chapter 737. This all-day workshop taught novice fisherman of all ages how to fly fish. [Show as slideshow] 12► Share on Facebook
The Blackstone River Watershed Council will be holding a clothing & household goods fundraiser drive. From Saturday June 18th through Saturday June 25th. You can bring your gently used clothing items, accessories, throw pillows, bedding, linens, towels, comforters, rugs, curtains, stuffed animals, household goods and furniture to three different Savers stores. Just drive up to […]
The BRWC/FOB is holding its first ever spring speaker series titled: Natural History on the Blackstone. There will be three different talks by three experts in their field. All talks are free and open to the public. All talks will be held rain or shine. Just the activity afterward will be cancelled if it is […]
2015 has been flying by and the BRWC/FOB along with our partners have been busier than ever. Read the 2015 BRWC/FOB Newsletter Some highlights from this year’s edition: BRWC/FOB Volunteers Recognized by The Blackstone Heritage Corridor Peterson Puritan Superfund Record of Decision Hope Global Flood Mitigation “Swimmable 2015” – Not Quite An Unexpected Boon For […]
Check out the new report detailing the partnership between the BRWC / FOB and the local public school science departments. Read the 2015 River Rat Report for more details The River Rat Program is an ongoing and flexible program to engage students and teachers from local public schools with river preservation and environmental education programs. […]
The program will be held Saturday September 19th from 12 to 3 PM at our environmental education center. Located at 100 New River Road, Manville, RI 02838. Participants will learn what geocaching is and how to get started. You will also learn the basics of GPS and longitude and latitude coordinates and how to use […]
Join us on July 31st, August 29th and September 27th for the Full Moon Paddle. Cost: $25 per boat- (limit per boat- 2 adults and 1 child seated in the middle of the boat). Includes- Boats, life-jackets and paddles. If you have your own boat- You may bring your own boat but a $10 donation […]
Now that Spring is here, wildlife is out and about, and on the move. We all enjoy watching the birds and wildlife in our yards and in the wild. Here is an article that explains what to do should you encounter an injured or abandoned animal or bird. ———— What to do when you find […]
The Blackstone River Watershed Council will be holding a used clothing & fundraiser drive. From Sunday June 14th through Saturday June 20th. You can bring your gently used clothing along with, shoes, belts, hats, gloves, scarves, purses, all bedding, linens, towels, comforters, rugs, and stuffed animals to three different Savers stores. Just drive up to […]
BRWC / FOB a national role model? Check it out now along with updates on our latest projects including the Petersen Puritan Superfund Site, Blackstone River Fish Passage Project, the August Savers Clothing Drive and a look back at the events held at the new BRWC / FOB Environmental Center. It has been an incredibly […]
Current Projects (click headline to read more)
The EPA has released a proposed cleanup plan for the site. There will be a public hearing held on August 21st at 6:30 p.m. at the Cumberland Public Library where questions and clarifications can be addressed. Please click on article title to view the Proposal for the Peterson / Puritan Cleanup 2014 Share on Facebook
The EPA and Army Corp of Engineers released its third 5-year report for the Peterson / Puritan, Inc. Superfund Site. The report covers Operable Unit-1 (OU-1). View a copy of the 3rd 5-year Peterson/Puritan Superfund Site report. Share on Facebook
We are pleased to share our progress report for the Scott Brook Project. The Scott Brook Project is a collaboration of three groups, The Blackstone River Watershed Council, The Cumberland Land Trust, and the Cumberland Conservation Commission. Under the authorization of the Town of Cumberland, the project so far has utilized 38 volunteers and over […]
EPA’s technical reports are being released and made available electronically on the web. The human health and ecological risk assessment reports (dated July 2011) are now available and can be found at the EPA superfund project site. Note: This link will take you to the ecological and health risk assessments for the J.M. Mills Landfill […]
The BRWC / FOB is working on a new environmental program at the Peterson / Puritan Superfund Site. The history or the site, program details and map of the area is now available to review. View the program page for the Peterson / Puritan Superfund Site project View the map of the Peterson / Puritan […]