About Us

Who We Are

Blackstone River Watershed Council/Friends is the organization officially designated under Rhode Island State law to represent the environmental interests of the Blackstone River and its watershed.  For almost 30 years, our RI non-profit organization has been dedicated to restoring the Blackstone River to its majestic beauty and helping to make the river something that our community can be proud of.

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 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.

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.

Our Board Members

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
Mike is an avid weather enthusiast. He has a strong interest in American history particularly as it relates to the Blackstone River and the people who settled in the…
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
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
Judy is devoted to all things BRWC/FOB. She takes amazing photos and can be counted on to be at many of our events. Judy also formulates and leads fund…
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…
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 (that’s…
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
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…
Director
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…