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Mailing Address:
BRWC / FOB
P.O. Box 8068
Cumberland, RI 02864

Email:
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Upcoming Events

May
3
Sat
2014
9:00 am Earth Day Celebration and Cleanup @ Knights of Columbus
Earth Day Celebration and Cleanup @ Knights of Columbus
May 3 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Blackstone River Watershed Council / Friends of the Blackstone along with the Town of Cumberland will hold an Earth Day Clean Up at Heritage [...]
May
21
Wed
2014
6:30 pm BRWC Annual Meeting- New Location @ BRCA / FOB Environmental Center- Sycamore Landing
BRWC Annual Meeting- New Location @ BRCA / FOB Environmental Center- Sycamore Landing
May 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
This is the special Annual Meeting of the Blackstone River watershed Council and is open to the public.  The Board of Directors will be selected [...]
Jun
18
Wed
2014
6:30 pm BRWC Monthly Meeting @ Amica Building 100
BRWC Monthly Meeting @ Amica Building 100
Jun 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
This is the monthly meeting for the Blackstone River Watershed Council / Friends of the Blackstone. The group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each [...]

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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 by 2015. 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)

Earth Day Celebration and Cleanup- May 3rd

The Blackstone River Watershed Council / Friends of the Blackstone along with the Town of Cumberland will hold an Earth Day Clean Up at Heritage Park and Bike Path. Date and time: May 3, 2014 from 9am to 2pm. Location: Knights of Columbus,  22 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI 02864 (registration begins at 9am) For more […]

Update on the Cleanup from Saturday December 7th

A special thanks to all who braved a cold Saturday, December 7, 2013 to help with the Great American Clean-up. A dozen people met at the Depot in downtown Woonsocket and spread out from there picking up more than 500 lbs of litter and an accumulation of debris! The Great American Clean up is a […]

2013 BRWC / FOB Newsletter

Fish in the Classroom?  How in the world did we pull that one off?  Actually, Fish in the Classroom is just one of our local river educational / restoration programs.  Read more about this and all of our other activities this year inside of the latest edition of the Blackstone River Watershed Council / Friends […]

Japanese Knotweed War

I want to thank the people who have adopted an area. Chris, Elaine, Tom and Riverzedge. I know some of you have been out more than once. As soon as I can get some more of your pictures and learn how I will publish them. Share on Facebook

Earth Day Cleanup Details

Cleanup Details: This year for Earth Day we will be River and the Bikeway and may be able to get along the shoreline with canoes as well as on foot.  We are aiming to fill the entire dumpster supplied by Doug Vaughn. We are also still working on the River Brigade to fight knotweed. Keith […]

Update: River Cleanup Planning Meeting Jan 19th- 9:00am

We will be meeting at the Friends or the Blackstone River Environmental Center at Sycamore Landing, 100 Sycamore Lane, Manville, RI. Near 88 New River Road, Manville, RI at 9:00 am for a planning session for the coming year. We are going to do more than cleanups this year.  We will also be doing riverbank […]

2012 BRWC Christmas Party Pictures

The Blackstone River Watershed Council/Friends of the Blackstone held a Christmas party on Wednesday Dec. 19th at Crickets in North Smithfield. It was a festive, magical, fun filled evening. Members shared delicious food, drinks and camaraderie. Ideas for a new slogan were tossed about along with thoughts and plans for the new year. A grand […]

Army Corps of Engineers Elizabeth Webbing Dam Feasibility Study is available

The presentation from the September 14, 2012 Lower Blackstone Fish Passage meeting is now available for viewing. Read the Army Corps of Engineers Elizabeth Webbing Dam Feasibility Study Share on Facebook

2012 BRWC Newsletter is available

White pants, cowboy boots and a little black dress. Did this give you a little chuckle? What does this mean? The answer is inside of the latest edition of the Blackstone River Watershed Council / Friends of the Blackstone  2012 newsletter. Our members and volunteers have been very busy this year. We have accomplished great things, […]

Who attends to the River?- RI Referendum Question 5 and 6

submitted by Paul A. Roselli Who attends to the River? This past weekend, students from Bryant University and I conducted a survey on the environment, the Blackstone River and Rhode Island bond referendum questions 5 and 6. The survey was conducted along the Blackstone River Bikeway in Manville, Rhode Island and is part of a […]

Current Projects (click headline to read more)

New Report- 5-Year Review Peterson / Puritan Superfund Site

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

New Report- Scott Brook Project

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 […]

Technical Reports now available- Peterson Puritan Superfund Site

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 […]

New program information- TAG Peterson / Puritan Superfund Project

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 […]

Fish Ladders Project- See the video

One of the big long term projects that the BRWC is working on. Today we no longer use many of the dams on the river that were built to power the economy. Many of these remain in place, continuing to not only block fish from their native spawning grounds, but keeping wildlife and people from […]