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

Friends of the Blackstone River Environmental Center
100 New River Road
Lincoln, RI 02838

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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. 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)

Stuff the Truck- Clothing Drive June 16th & 23rd

Start saving your gently used clothing and accessories. The BRWC/FOB is holding another fundraiser, clothing drive. We will be collecting clothing, bedding, quilts, blankets, towels, curtains, throw pillows, hats, shoes, belts, scarves, handbags,  jewelry, stuffed animals, and small household items like dishes, picture frames, glassware. Please place soft items in large 33 gallon trash bags. […]

Join us at Five Guys in Lincoln June 13th

Join us at the Five Guys Burger restaurant on Wednesday June 13th from 5 to 8 PM.  Your food and drink purchase will help support our river clean-up efforts. Come say hello to some of our board members and supporters. Five Guys burgers at the outer store  locations at the entrance to the Lincoln Mall. […]

Check out our Fabulous Fall Edition Newsletter- Jam packed

Our Fabulous annual newsletter. Jam packed with fascinating stories and incredible pictures.  For your viewing pleasure. Don’t miss it!   View the 2016 Fall Edition of the Blackstone River Watershed Council / Friends of the Blackstone Newsletter Share on Facebook

Fly Fishing Workshop pictures

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 Share on Facebook

3 New Events- Natural History on the Blackstone Series

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 […]

Fall 2015 Newsletter- Superfund Update, River Rat Program, Flood Mitigation and much more

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New Report- 2015 River Rat Program- Updated with video

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. […]

Join us for a Geocaching Workshop- Sept 19

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 for the Full Moon Paddle!

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 […]

What to do when you find birds or wildlife in distress

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 […]

Current Projects (click headline to read more)

Project Update- Peterson / Puritan Cleanup Proposal from EPA

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

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 […]