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

Family Fun Fishing Day (Pre-registration required): Saturday, May 2; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

The Blackstone River Watershed Association, Alternatives, the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation, and MA Department of Fisheries and Wildlife along with Trout Unlimited are happy to bring you Family Fun Fishing Day at River Bend Farm in Uxbridge on May 2, 2015 from 10am to 1pm. Rain date is May 9, 2015.

Family Fun Fishing Day offers the opportunity for people of all ages to try their hand at fishing along the Blackstone River and Canal. MA Department of Fisheries and Wildlife is providing fishing rods and reels but anyone is welcome to bring their own equipment. This is a catch and release fishing experience. Volunteers from Trout Unlimited and MA DCR will be on hand to teach casting methods and demonstrate fly tying. Games and other activities will also be provided. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from the Uxbridge First Holiday Night Food Truck.

Pre-registration is required at familyfunfishingday.com.

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

A Day on the Blackstone 2015: Saturday, June 6;

Join National Park Service Ranger Chuck Arning as he talks about the importance of the Blackstone River and Canal to the American Industrial Revolution, shares some folklore about the Blackstone Valley and gives commentary at historical sites.

Cost is $25/person (includes T-shirt, shuttle service, snacks and pizza after the trip)


Canoes will be available for use for a donation of $10

Schedule will be as follows:

8:00 - 9:00AM Registration and canoe/kayak drop off at Stanley Woolen Mill in Uxbridge.

8:00 - 9:30AM Participants drive to the Blackstone Gorge to park cars, take the complimentary shuttle vans back to River Bend Farm Visitor Center and gather near the visitor center.

9:30AM Participants walk to Stanley Woolen Mill along the Blackstone Canal. Ranger Chuck Arning will begin his talk as participants walk along the Canal.

10:00AM Participants arrive at Stanley Woolen Mill, put in boats and begin paddling.

10:00AM - 3:00PM Participants paddle to Blackstone Gorge with 2-3 stops along the way. There are no portages on this section of the River.

3:00PM Pizza and socializing at the Blackstone Gorge

This event is limited to 30 boats.

For more information contact: dayontheblackstone@thebrwa.org

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