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.

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Upcoming Events

Full Strawberry Moon Paddle: Saturday, June 15; Registration at 8:15pm

This is an evening paddle to watch the moon rise. We will paddle up the Blackstone River as the moon rises behind us and the return the same as way as we face the red Strawberry 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.

  • Participants will begin paddling at 9:00PM, darkness will occur at 9:45PM.
  • The event will take place at the Blackstone Gorge, the end of County Street, Blackstone, MA.
  • 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.
  • This is a FREE event for BRWA members and $5/person for non-members.
  • Canoes will be available for use for an additional fee of $10.



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

Fall Full Moon Paddle: Saturday, September 14; TBD

Evening paddle on the Blackstone River under a Full Moon

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