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)
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 […]
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 […]
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
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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, […]
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 […]
The Blackstone River Watershed Council/Friends of the Blackstone is trying to help voters plow through some of the confusion of statewide bond referendums. This Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 9am till 2pm, the BRWC/FOB will have a Rally for Waters-hed Protection and open house, in part, to answer questions and solve some of the mystery […]
Current Projects (click headline to read more)
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 […]
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 […]