Vibrant, Healthy, free-flowing Waterways in the Blackstone Valley, Treasured by All

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.

Upcoming Events

Monthly Meeting: Wednesday, October 23; 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm

BRWA monthly meeting, public welcome. Meetings are held at DCR's River Bend Farm at 287 Oak Street, Uxbridge or next door at 271 Oak Street.

Luminary Walk: Friday, October 25; 5:15pm to 6:30pm

Take a lantern stroll along the Blackstone Canal towpath at River Bend Farm Visitor Center, 287 Oak Street, Uxbridge, MA. Join us for a not-so-spooky walk at the water’s edge, listen for wildlife, watch out for the tricky will o’ the wisps and enjoy the scents and sounds of autumn! Kids will decorate paper bags to make their own lanterns then place a LED in each one. The walk will start before sunset and continue through twilight, as darkness falls we will return on the path which will be illuminated with the children’s lanterns. This is a 45 minute family friendly easy walk and is stroller friendly. All ages welcome and children are encouraged to wear costumes. Enjoy apple cider and a treat in the visitor center after the walk. There is no cost for this event but registration is requested for planning purposes.

Register for the October 25th walk here.

Register for the October 27th walk here.

For more information contact: Tara Neal at

BRWA 50th Birthday Celebration: Sunday, November 3; 2:00pm to 4:30pm

What happened 50 years ago? Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. 400,000 people listened to 32 acts perform on stage in Bethel, NY at a concert now known as Woodstock. Richard Larkin and Charles Ballou formed the Blackstone River Watershed Association.Join the BRWA as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the organization.

The party will be held at the Heritage Corridor Worcester Visitor Center.

National Park Service Ranger Kevin Klyberg will give a 1/2 hour talk on how the Blackstone River became polluted and the efforts that have turned that around.

Wine, beer, appetizers will be served. More info to follow.

For more information contact: Maggie Plasse at will donate 0.5 percent of all your purchases to BRWA — at no cost to you.

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