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

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

Preserve Elder Ballou Cemetery

Who We Are

The Blackstone River Watershed Council is a non-profit, all volunteer corporation devoted to the restoration and continuous preservation of the Blackstone River for all future generations.

In 2005, the Blackstone River Watershed Council and the Friends of the Blackstone, Inc. merged into a single larger group in order to leverage the strengths and broader reach of both organizations.

The combined organization is dedicated to improving conditions on and along the Blackstone River. Already the river has come a long way in its cleaning process – much to the delight of fishermen, boaters, bird watchers, and wildlife enthusiasts. Our belief is, the more people that use the river for recreation, the greater respect they will have for it. The result will be that the river will keep getting cleaner for all future generations. One of only eleven National Heritage Rivers, this designation makes the Blackstone eligible for federal support for community led efforts to protect the river.

We volunteers are dedicated to:

  • Removing the stigma of industrial influence on the Blackstone River that took place during the 19th century
  • Restoring the Blackstone River to its original beauty through ecological action programs
  • Working in cooperation with all Blackstone River Valley community groups in supporting development of opportunities the Blackstone River offers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts