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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 to improve water quality in the Blackstone River watershed.

Upcoming Events


2nd Annual Family Fun Fishing Day: Saturday, May 21; 10am - 1pm

This is a FREE event, open to the public, and universally accessible.
Spend the day fishing on the riverbank for fun and prizes!
Never fished before? No problem! We have a team of volunteers equipped to teach everyone all the rod n’ reel basics.
Prizes will be awarded in adult and child categories at 1pm.
Raffle Prizes provided by Trout Unlimited!

Register now at: www.thebrwa.org/familyfun

Sponsored by Alternatives and the
 Blackstone River Watershed Association 
in partnership with 
Trout Unlimited, MA DCR, and MA Fisheries and Wildlife.

Rain date: May 22, 2016

For more information contact: events@thebrwa.org

2nd Annual Day on the Blackstone: Saturday, June 11; 8:30 am - 2:00 pm

On Saturday, June 11, 2016, the Blackstone River Watershed Association (BRWA) will host “A Day on the Blackstone.“ This is a one-day leisurely paddle from Massachusetts Department of Conservation (DCR) River Bend Farm Visitor Center, 287 Oak Street, Uxbridge, MA through Rice City Pond to Goat Hill Lock, one of forty-eight locks built by the Blackstone Canal Company to move canal boats. Participants will then continue to the originally water powered Stanley Woolen Mill, built in 1833, via the Blackstone Canal. Along the way, National Park Service Ranger, Chuck Arning, will talk about the importance of the Blackstone River and Canal to the American Industrial Revolution, share some folklore about the Blackstone Valley and give commentary at historical sites. For more information see our flyer.

Registrations and payment may be completed online at www.thebrwa.org/dayontheblackstone, by calling 508-278-5200, or e-mailing dayontheblackstone@thebrwa.org.

For more information contact: Joy at 508-278-5200 or email at dayontheblackstone@thebrwa.org

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