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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

Full Harvest Moon Paddle: Saturday, September 14; 6:30 to 9:00pm

This is an evening paddle to watch the moon rise. Registration will take place at 6:30PM and canoes will be in the water and participants will begin paddling at 7:00PM, darkness will occur about 8:00PM. The event will take place at the Blackstone Gorge, the end of County Street, Blackstone, MA. It is part of the Blackstone River and Canal State Park operated by Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. We will paddle up the Blackstone River as the moon rises behind us and the return the same as way as we face the Harvest Moon

Eavesdrop on beavers slapping their tails, look for great blue herons gliding overhead, listen for bats squeaking and crickets chirping and try to identify some constellations.

This event will be limited to 20 canoes/kayaks and is open to all from beginner to expert paddlers. However, because this paddle takes place in darkness, participants should have some paddling ability and be able to swim.The cost is free for BRWA members and $5/person for non-members.

Canoes will be available for use for an additional fee of $10.

To register http://thebrwa.org/fullmoonpaddle

For more information contact: Maggie Plasse at Maggie.plasse@gmail.com

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 and line the towpath with them. 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 1 hour family friendly easy walk and is stroller friendly. All ages welcome and children are encouraged to wear costumes. Enjoy cocoa and cookies in the visitor center after the walk. There is no cost for this event. Registration page coming soon.

For more information contact: Tara Neal at tara.neal@thebrwa.org

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 Maggie.plasse@gmail.com

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