About Us

Josh worked for volunteers from the Blackstone River Watershed Council to remove this buried debris

Josh is a BRWC/FOB board member and volunteer

We offer river programs and volunteer opportunities for you

Educational programs | volunteer opportunities | river restoration & cleanup activities | water quality monitoring

Our programs provide opportunities to: get on the river (canoe, kayak, fish, Explore!), volunteer for our stewardship projects, get outside, learn from and partner with local organizations and municipalities to bring this great river and its surrounding watershed back to its natural state.  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. We also work to connect people with the local and natural history of the river and its surrounding area.

BRWC/FOB officially designated by law to represent the Blackstone River

The Blackstone River Watershed Council/Friends of the Blackstone is the organization officially designated under Rhode Island State law to represent the environmental interests of the Blackstone River and its watershed.  We are empowered to testify before local and state hearings on issues affecting the watershed. For almost 30 years, our non-profit organization has been dedicated to restoring the Blackstone River as well as offering the community volunteer opportunities and river programs designed to get you connected with the river.

Our Mission

The mission of BRWC/FOB is 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.

Be sure to stay updated by checking our Events page, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram for news about our work, inspiring photos and opportunities to get involved.

Our Board Members and Advisors

President and Founder
John is the founder of our organization, which started out as Friends of the Blackstone in 1990. He never ceases to amaze us with his energy, enthusiasm and his…
Vice President
Nick has an environmental science degree from URI and focuses on water quality.  He is the Field Coordinator for the BRWC Water Quality Monitoring program and he’s also leading our…
Treasurer
Eric resides in Woonsocket RI and is a lifelong Blackstone Valley resident, having grown up in Central Falls and Lincoln. He works for Navigant Credit Union and has a…
Secretary, aspiring webmaster & marketeer
Suzanne is a nature lover. She can be found removing fishing line from the river bank, helping turtles get to the water or turkeys cross the street. When she’s…
Past President
Frank is an avid outdoor enthusiast who spent 2 years ‘hiking and camping’ in Vietnam with the 101st and 82nd Airborne. His awareness of the plight of the Blackstone…
Director
Kevin is one of the Valley Boys who is never afraid to get wet in order to tackle some of our most challenging cleanups. He is abundantly generous with…
Director
Bob has a quick wit and an unmatchable personality. He often comes up with great fundraising ideas that continue to help our program. He helps lead canoe paddles on…
Director
Alice has a 40-year history of watershed and water supply advocacy in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She is more likely to be found in municipal and state offices than…
Advisor
Ed is Alice’s wingman (or is it the other way around?) when it comes to the Peterson/Puritan TAG project. His input and guidance are invaluable due to the enormity…
Director
Jenn became a board member this year. We are thrilled to add her to the organization. More to come.
Director, River Restoration Coordinator
Keith has probably single-handedly helped to fill state landfills with more river trash that one could think imaginable. Nothing escapes him if it’s on or near the river. Keith…
Director
Francine has a Bachelor's in Astronomy from the University of Illinois, a Master of Adult Education from URI and has been associated with Brown University's Ladd Observatory since the…
Advisor
Vin joined Friends of the Blackstone back in 1992. In 2001 he moved to England as a form of reserve colonialism. A Rhode Island Yankee in Queen Elizabeth's court,…
Director
John grew up on the river and took part in Project ZAP in the 70’s. He’s been volunteering for BRWC projects for as long as we have been around…
Director [May 2009 - August 2019]
Ray was liked by everyone. He dedicated countless hours to BRWC/FOB and took on the most challenging projects such as the yearly cleanup of the Pratt Dam. He was…
Director
Arthur is an advocate for people in our community and serves on several state and local organizations including the RI Governors Commission for Disabilities. He is a Reiki Master…
Director
Josh was introduced to us by Ray Pado. He has amazing chainsaw skills, which come in handy for some of our most demanding projects. He can often be found…
Director
Fred has been an advocate for clean water for 60 years. B.S Civil Engineer Univ of Vermont; Member Northern R.I. Chapter 737 Trout Unlimited; Past President Narragansett Chapter 225…
Director
Luke has lived in the Valley Falls area of Cumberland most of his life. He's been fortunate to enjoy the waterways specifically boating/fishing on the Blackstone River.  "I consider…
Director
After working 36 years in the corporate world for Boston Scientific (medical device company), Randy decided to 'Follow his Bliss'.  As a pastionate steward of our lands, he is…