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


Annual Pull the Plants Party: Sunday, August 10; 9am to 12noon, 1pm to 3pm

Join us for the BRWA’s annual Pull the Plants Party to continue our battle against Water Chestnuts in Rice City Pond.

July 26th & August 10th at Rice City Pond in Uxbridge, MA.

We need adults to pull the plants out of the water and to collect and empty baskets on land. There will be two shifts each day; 9 to 12 and 1 to 3. Join us for one or bring a picnic lunch and stay for both! Canoes are available but, if you have one, please bring it.

Volunteers should turn into the parking lot on Hartford Avenue East, near River Bend Farm and follow signs down the dirt road.

Water Chestnuts produces large floating rosettes that combine to form large, dense mats that not only hamper recreation, but also limit growth of native aquatic plants and degrade water quality. Up to 15 large floating rosettes are produced by each of the plant’s large, spiny seeds and each rosette is capable of producing 20 seeds which are able to remain dormant in the sediments for up to 12 years.

For more information contact: info@thebrwa.org

© The Blackstone River Watershed Association, 2013