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Welcome to the

Blackstone River Watershed Association


The Blackstone River Watershed Association (BRWA) was established in 1976 and has since played an instrumental 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 for improved water quality in the Blackstone River watershed.

Earth Day Cleanup - Thank you to our Volunteers and Sponsors!

On Saturday, April 29th, you may have noticed individuals or groups of volunteers walking along the banks of the nearby streams and rivers with garbage bags in their hands. This dedicated group of volunteers were participating in the Annual Earth Day River Cleanup organized by the Blackstone River Watershed Association (BRWA) in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Park Serve Day, and sponsored by Savers Bank and Control Point Mechanical.  More... 

Upcoming Events


Valley Friendship Tour: Saturday, June 3;

The BRWA is gathering a team to walk, bike, or run in support of Alternatives Unlimited, one of Central Massachusetts' leading human service providers. For more information please see our flyer.

Register here!

For more information contact: JoAnne Holahan at joanne.holahan@thebrwa.org

Weed Watcher's Workshop: Wednesday, June 7; 6:30 PM

Do you Canoe or Kayak? Enjoy watching wildlife? Go fishing or swimming? Want to learn more about what you see when you’re on the water? The Weed Watcher’s Workshop is for you!

Led by DCR’s Lakes and Ponds Program staff, the 2-hour class begins with an introduction to the invasive non-native species issue, how exotic species are introduced into our waterways, methods of dispersal, basic terminology, and guidance on monitoring. The remaining 3/4 of the class will engage volunteers in hands-on identification.

A variety of non-native and native plant species are provided, and everyone is encouraged to bring their own samples. Volunteers will become familiar with using a key so that they will be able to identify the majority of common aquatic plants in their waterways (native or otherwise).

Students, Water Quality Monitors, New and Current Volunteers are Encouraged to Attend!

Space is Limited! Please register online using this link.

For more information contact: Joy Trahan-Liptak at joy.trahan.liptak@thebrwa.org

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