Join the Blackstone River Watershed Association
For over 40 years the Blackstone River Watershed Association (BRWA) has worked with members and partners to help facilitate the mighty Blackstone’s transition from an industrial river to one that provides critical habitat benefits and valuable recreational opportunities. Although water quality and esthetics of the river and its tributaries have improved, the organization’s work is still as important and necessary as ever.
Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to invest in programs that play a key role in the continued improvement and protection of the area’s rivers and streams.
- Water quality monitoring is conducted at 30 sites to identify areas of concern. In 2011, only 37% of the locations rated Good or Excellent across all categories and 27% scored Fair or Poor because of high nutrient concentration. The BRWA’s Watershed and Us program and outreach activities promote simple actions that can minimize how daily activities on the land impact rivers and streams.
- The annual spring Earth Day Cleanup and fall Blackstone Valley Riverways Cleanup attract an average of 250 volunteers who collect hundreds of bags of trash, heaps of discarded tires and numerous bulky items from river banks. Additionally, nearly 50 volunteers participate in the NIP No Invasive Plants program and remove tons of invasive aquatic plants from waterways during Pull the Plants Parties.
- Each year the BRWA adds and improves boat access points to promote paddling activities on the rivers.
Learn more about the BRWA’s activities, programs and accomplishments by viewing other website pages and from this special edition newsletter that reviews how the organization furthers its mission to educate, engage and advocate to improve water quality in the Blackstone River Watershed. Your contributions and participation are important to our success!
The beautiful Blackstone River!
All photographs by Lori Allen.
One of the walking trails at River Bend Farm.
The Blackstone River spilling over the historic Rolling Mill Dam at the head of Blackstone Gorge.