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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.

Earth Day Cleanup - Thank you to our Volunteers and Sponsors!

On Saturday, April 29th, you may have noticed individuals or groups of volunteers walking along the banks of the nearby streams and rivers with garbage bags in their hands. This dedicated group of volunteers were participating in the Annual Earth Day River Cleanup organized by the Blackstone River Watershed Association (BRWA) in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Park Serve Day, and sponsored by Savers Bank and Control Point Mechanical.  More... 

Upcoming Events


Day on the Blackstone: Saturday, September 16; 8:30 am

On Saturday, September 16, 2017, the Blackstone River Watershed Association (BRWA) will host “A Day on the Blackstone.“ This annual event is a leisurely paddle in the Blackstone Canal from Massachusetts Department of Conservation (DCR) River Bend Farm Visitor Center, 287 Oak Street, Uxbridge, MA through Rice City Pond where we will learn about the history of the pond and Joy Trahan-Liptak, an aquatic biologist, will talk about invasive plants, the harm they cause to our rivers and streams, how you can help to prevent their spread. Paddlers will continue to Goat Hill Lock and back down the canal to Stanley Woolen Mills and return River Bend Farm Visitor Center. A hike to the Blackstone River will follow, led by DCR Ranger Kathryn Parent who will talk about the flora, fauna and topography of the area. Participants will then return to River Bend Farm for refreshments and socializing.

For schedule and more information please visit our registraiton page.

For more information contact: dayontheblackstone@thebrwa.org

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