The Friends of the Blackstone (FOB) was founded in 1990 and led the way by getting local residents involved in cleanups beginning with the Captain Wilbur Kelly House, now the centerpiece of the Blackstone River State Park. The largest cleanup involved 278 volunteers at multiple sites including the Fanning Wilderness Area in Valley Falls. This site turned into a multi-year project and required our removing 10,000 tires and tons of debris from the Valley Falls marsh.
The success of these cleanups revolved around partnerships with local residents, businesses, and governments at both the state and federal levels. The FOB also urged the RI Department of Environmental Management Fish and Wildlife Division to stock the river with trout and to begin a diadromous fish study to bring herring back to the Blackstone River by building a series of fish ladders from Pawtucket to Cumberland.Read More
The BRWC/FOB is the organization officially designated under Rhode Island State law to represent the environmental interests of the Blackstone River and its watershed. It has been our mission is to restore, enhance, and preserve the physical, historical and cultural integrity of the Blackstone River, its watershed and its eco-system through a variety of programs including water quality monitoring, outreach to youth in our community and partnering with others in order to accomplish mutual goals and objectives. Coming soon – Look for our ‘Wild Watch’ page!View All
BRWC/FOB is one of the three core supporters (Blackstone River Headwaters Coalition, Blackstone River Watershed Association, and Blackstone River Watershed Council/Friends of the Blackstone) of the Blackstone River Coalition’s bi-state Water Quality Monitoring (WQM) initiative.
We are working on a new page dedicated to all things wild on the river. There is more life on the river than ever due to the efforts of volunteers to clean up the habitat. Look for our new page coming soon.
The Blackstone River and its watershed is not without its share of invasive plants.
By volunteering for one of our cleanups, or offering to support the water quality monitoring program or helping to lead a group of school children on a canoe trip, you’ll become a vital part of our community. Dedicated volunteers are rewarded by knowing that they have made a difference not only in their community but to their environment.Be A Member Volunteer
Becoming a member is like making a financial gift to BRWC/FOB and is an effective way to join the riverlution. All donations fund BRWC/FOB activities and not salaries or benefits because we are an all-volunteer organization. Our members and donors fund our fight to keep our river and watersheds clean and hold polluters accountable.Donate Here