Resources & Partnerships


We would like to recognize and thank our partners and sponsors for our programs. It is with their help plus many individual volunteers that our programs are so successful.

Dunkin (Smith Street, Providence)


Thank you for becoming one of our newest Benefactors!


Town of Lincoln

The Friends of the Blackstone River Environmental Center (aka Sycamore Landing) is located at 100 New River Road in the Manville section of Lincoln RI. Our dreams of an environmental center came true due to the generous financial support from the town and the cooperation of town leaders who granted us an easement on the property.

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM)

Funded through a Capital Appropriations Grant with RIDEM, we were able to build our environmental center to assist us in bringing our message to the public including educating the community about the importance of the Blackstone River and the life it supports.

Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park (Heritage Corridor)

The BRWC/FOB has worked tirelessly since 1990 to help beautify and improve all aspects of the park including tree removal from the canal and the installation of a brass plaque along the canal in Quinnville RI.

The National Park Service Volunteers-In-Parks Program (VIP) was authorized by Public Law 91-357 enacted 1970. The primary purpose of the VIP program is to provide a vehicle through which the National Park Service can accept and utilize voluntary help and services from the public. The major objective of the program is to utilize this voluntary help in such a way that is mutually beneficial to the National Park Service and the volunteer. We partner with BHC with the Volunteers in Parks program (VIP) to support our volunteer efforts within the national park boundaries.

Hope Global

BRWC/FOB gratefully recognizes Hope Global for contributing to our river projects. It is through these types of generous contributions from within our own community that we get the most pleasure because we can invite these companies to witness our organization in action and see firsthand the impact their support can have.

Cumberland Quarry Corp

We gratefully acknowledge Cumberland Quarry Corp for their considerable contributions toward the building of our Environmental Center. It is with their support that we were able to realize our dream of creating a place for river education, collaboration, recreation and environmental stewardship to help further our mission.


Navigant Credit Union

BRWC/FOB is proud to acknowledge Navigant for helping us make the river a safer place to paddle. Safety is always at the top of our list when it comes to river activities and we are proud that Navigant agrees with our thinking.


American Canoe Association

Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to help protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition, exploration and recreation. In addition, as a Paddle Club America member, BRWC/FOB is able to take advantage of ACA’s insurance for paddlesport outfitters, liveries, and guides. Proceeds from utilizing this insurance program benefit paddlers as they are used to support the ACA’s overall mission of improving education, stewardship, recreation and competition for all.

Amica Mutual Insurance

Audubon Society of Rhode Island

The Audubon Society of Rhode Island, independent and unaffiliated with the National Audubon Society, was founded in 1897. The Audubon Society of Rhode Island is dedicated to education, land conservation and advocacy. Audubon independently protects or owns almost 9,500 acres of woodlands and coastal property embracing diverse natural habitats. A voice in statewide ecological issues, the Society actively fulfills its environmental stewardship through preservation and protection of Rhode Island’s natural heritage.


Blackstone River Bikeway

The Blackstone River Bikeway is the state’s second-longest bike path, with 16.5 miles of bikeway, which includes 11.6 miles of continuous path from Cumberland to Woonsocket and 4.7 miles of on and off-road bikeway from Pawtucket to Providence. The path follows the Blackstone River wherever possible, including on the tow paths of the historic Blackstone Canal. This highly scenic bikeway crosses the river many times, offering views of waterfalls, marshes and wildlife. Many old mills line the river too, evidence of the impact of the Industrial Revolution that earned the Blackstone the title of the “hardest-working river in America.”

Blackstone River Coalition

The Blackstone River Coalition (BRC) is a partnership of numerous organizations, businesses, agencies, municipalities and individuals from Rhode Island and Massachusetts working to restore the Blackstone River and to improve the health of the Blackstone River Watershed. Its mission is to restore and protect water quality and wildlife habitat in the river corridors, and to advocate for sound land use in the Blackstone River watershed

Blackstone River Watershed Association

The Blackstone River Watershed Association (BRWA) is a Massachusetts sister organization founded in 1976 and is dedicated to restoring, enhancing and preserving the Massachusetts section of the Blackstone River system and its watershed.



Blackstone Valley Historical Society

The Blackstone Valley Historical Society (BVHS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the exploration, preservation, and appreciation of the Blackstone Valley heritage. The Blackstone Valley (in Rhode Island) is comprised of six communities: Pawtucket, Central Falls, Lincoln, Cumberland, North Smithfield and Woonsocket.

Blackstone Valley Bike Patrol

The Bike Patrol promotes safe biking and leads rides along the Blackstone River Bikeway.

Conservation Law Foundation of RI

Conservation Law Foundation of RI is New England’s leading environmental advocacy organization. Since 1966, CLF has worked to protect New England’s people, natural resources and communities.


Cumberland Land Trust

The Cumberland Land Trust is a private, non-profit, charitable, conservation organization run by a dedicated group of volunteers. Our mission is to preserve the natural resources of Cumberland for present and future generations by preserving land for open space.

Since incorporation in 1989, we have protected 641 acres of land acquired through purchase, donation and conservation easements.

The Historic Metcalf-Franklin Farm

Franklin Farm is a town-owned historic farm located in Cumberland, RI. On the National Register of Historic Places since 2006, Franklin Farm encompasses 65 acres of sweeping fields, classic New England stone walls and historical structures which include a mid-19th century Greek Revival-style farmhouse, an early-19th century timber-framed barn, and a ca. 1930 dairy barn.

Used for many years as a dairy farm, the land and buildings now belong to the public, under the direction of the Historic Metcalf-Franklin Farm Preservation Association, an all volunteer, 501c3 organization. Franklin Farm’s mission is to preserve the historic farm, provide educational opportunities for all ages, and support the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and local food pantries with naturally grown vegetables.

Narragansett Bay Estuary Program

The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program’s mission is to protect and preserve Narragansett Bay and its watershed through partnerships that conserve and restore natural resources, enhance water quality and promote community involvement.

Natural Resources Conservation Service

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), formerly known as the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides technical assistance to farmers and other private landowners and managers.

Neighborhood Alliance of Pawtucket

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration



Rhode Island Bays, Rivers, and Watersheds Coordination Team

The RI Bays, Rivers, and Watersheds Coordination Team’s mission is to protect and restore Rhode Island’s fresh and marine waters and watersheds and to promote sustainable development of Rhode Island’s water-reliant economy through inter agency coordination and strategic planning, policy analysis, targeted investments, environmental and economic monitoring, and stakeholder communications and engagement.

Rhode Island Blueways Alliance

The Blueways project is a comprehensive water trail network linking Rhode Island’s rivers, lakes and ponds to Narragansett Bay and to the rivers in Massachusetts that flow into the bay.



Rhode Island Canoe and Kayak Association

RICKA is the founding organization of the Blackstone Valley Paddlers which promotes different paddle trips within the Blackstone River watershed.



Rhode Island Natural History Survey

RINHS is a consortium of organizations and individuals seeking to advance knowledge and understanding of Rhode Island’s biology, geology, and ecosystems. The Survey maintains a clearinghouse for ecological information in Rhode Island, providing sound scientific data to scientists, naturalists, educators, land managers, decision makers, and the public. The Natural History Survey manages the Rhode Island Natural Heritage Database of Rare Species and Communities.

Rhode Island Rivers Council


Save the Bay



Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

Sheldon Whitehouse is a h3 advocate for environmental protection, health, and conservation. He has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court to protect public wetlands from development, sued to block Bush administration efforts to weaken the Clean Air Act, and led the investigation into a devastating oil spill in Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay.

Town of Cumberland




Cumberland Conservation Commission

Trout Unlimited Northern Rhode Island Chapter #737



US Environmental Protection Agency

The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

US Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region



US Geological Survey



USGS Real-time River Levels for the Blackstone River at Woonsocket, RI