Welcome to the

Blackstone River Watershed Association


The Blackstone River Watershed Association (BRWA) was established in 1976 and has since played an instumental role in cleaning up what was described as an “industrial river” in the 19th and 20th centuries. Although still threatened by industrial and increasingly residential pollution sources, the health of the Blackstone's river system continues to improve.

The BRWA’s mission is to engage, educate and advocate to improve water quality in the Blackstone River watershed.

Upcoming Events


EarthDay Cleanup 2015: Sunday, April 19;

Join us for our annual EarthDay event! Once again, we will be asking scouts, church groups, families, and local businesses to support the BRWA's efforts to clean up the Blackstone River Watershed. Last year we had over 200 people assisting in seven towns throughout the watershed! Details will be posted on our website as we approach the date.

For more information contact: Susan Thomas at events@thebrwa.org

Family Fun Fishing Day (Pre-registration required): Saturday, May 2; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

The Blackstone River Watershed Association, Alternatives, the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation, and MA Department of Fisheries and Wildlife along with Trout Unlimited are happy to bring you Family Fun Fishing Day at River Bend Farm in Uxbridge on May 2, 2015 from 10am to 1pm. Rain date is May 9, 2015.

Family Fun Fishing Day offers the opportunity for people of all ages to try their hand at fishing along the Blackstone River and Canal. MA Department of Fisheries and Wildlife is providing fishing rods and reels but anyone is welcome to bring their own equipment. This is a catch and release fishing experience. Volunteers from Trout Unlimited and MA DCR will be on hand to teach casting methods and demonstrate fly tying. Games and other activities will also be provided. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from the Uxbridge First Holiday Night Food Truck.

Pre-registration is required at familyfunfishingday.com.

For more information contact: Susan Thomas at events@thebrwa.org

A Day on the Blackstone 2015: Saturday, June 6;

The BRWA will host “A Day on the Blackstone“. The event will begin at River Bend Farm Visitor Center with a hike along the Canal and continue with a leisurely one day paddle from Stanley Woolen Mill in Uxbridge to the Blackstone Gorge stopping at historical sites along the way. National Park Service Ranger, Chuck Arning, will talk about the importance of the Blackstone River and Canal to the American Industrial Revolution, share some folklore about the Blackstone Valley and give a commentary at historical sites along the way. Shuttle service will be available and the Blackstone Valley Paddlers will assist with on the water safety. This event will be limited to 30 canoes/kayaks.

For more information contact: info@thebrwa.org

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