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


First Day Hike at Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park: Thursday, January 1; 1:00 pm

Visitors will enjoy a trek along the Lady Carrington Towpath. Hike highlights may include winter wildlife along the waterway, fields and forest while featuring the historic canal from farm to factory. The exhibit area in the Visitor's Center will be open beforehand for those that arrive early.

Where to Meet: River Bend Farm Visitor Center, 287 Oak Street, Uxbridge, MA

Degree of Difficulty: Easy

Minimum Age for Kids: all ages

Restrictions: Dogs are allowed along the hike and must be on a leash.

Length of the Trail: 2.0 miles

Things to Bring: Dress appropriately and bring water.

For more information contact: (617) 626-1450 at blackstone.heritage@state.ma.us

BRWA Annual Winter Hike: Sunday, January 25; 1 to 3pm

Join us for our annual winter hike at Hassanamesit Woods, a property of the Grafton Land Trust. This 200-acre parcel has a history tied to the Nipmuc Indians, and archeological studies are underway to uncover and preserve the land's rich cultural heritage. The ecology of the area is characterized by both upland and wetland areas, supporting a rich diversity of plants and animals. The land here drains to the nearby Quinsigamond River, shortly before emptying into the Blackstone River.

The hike, led by naturalist Susan Thomas, will cover uneven ground, which may be snow covered or muddy depending on the weather. Wear appropriate footwear and bring water. Following the hike, we will return to the parking area for warm drinks and refreshments. We hope you can join us!

Meet at the gated end of Salisbury Street, which is located off of Keith Hill Rd in Grafton near Rt 122.

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

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