The cleanup of the Pratt Dam (the “tubes”) was completed on July 6 with the help of many volunteers. This was our 18th year doing this project. We began in 2001 when we saw a need to eliminate the debris to help prevent upstream flooding and to keep the river safe for paddlers.
With the help of 10 volunteers in the water, we managed to eliminate an epic amount of tangled trees and debris. This is a dangerous undertaking but BRWC/FOB has mastered the ability to keep our volunteers safe.
Many thanks to the Valley Boys plus Paul, Mike and Francisco who could tie a knot when we needed one.
See the full article in the Valley Breeze http://www.valleybreeze.com/2019-07-10/cumberland-lincoln-area/double-trouble-volunteers-clear-pratt-dam#.XSdsqOhKiUk
Watch these videos of the highlights…
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
Our group of volunteers 10 strong in the river removed the trees from the dam. This was an historic level with men dwarfed by the debris. Volunteers on the bridge lent their muscle as well. Thanks go to the Valley Boys, passersby who stopped to assist, well-wishers, donors and Hope Global for their financial support.
Our mission to keep the river and watershed clean is a never-ending job especially when we found the latest addition to the landscape. We are working with those responsible to have them removed.
A report on the pre-design field work has been completed and we are currently reviewing its contents along with our technical advisers. See our update on our Projects page under Peterson Puritan.
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
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