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 1969 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

Winter Hike: Saturday, February 22; 1:00pm-3:00pm

Winter Hike led by MA Department of Conservation and Recreation MA Department of Conservation and Recreation Ranger Molly Cardoza will lead a winter family friendly hike starting at River Bend Farm Visitor Center. The group will hike the Goat Hill Trail to Goat Lock then continue hiking along the Blackstone River. This is a 1.5 hour family friendly hike. The hike is not conducive to strollers but great for young children of three and above. Little ones in backpacks will enjoy the hike too. Dress warmly and wear waterproof boots if snow is on the ground. Warm apple cider will be served at the Visitor Center after the hike. Dogs permitted if on a leash. This event is free but registration is required for planning purposes:

For more information contact: Maggie Plasse at

Full Strawberry Moon Paddle: Saturday, June 6;

More information 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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