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promises to be a busy year for the BRWA and we
would love for you all
to be a part of it. We will be offering opportunities for
to paddle the canal at River Bend Farm during the summer concerts and
other events. Join
as a member now and paddle for free. New this year, we will
offering “Coffee and Conservation” events on several Saturdays at River
Bend Farm. We will also be hosting an educational walk and
facilitating several river clean-ups. Please let us know if
are any issues you would
like to learn about. Keep posted for other opportunities to
out and volunteer.
Water Quality Monitoring
Program Volunteer Appreciation
Save the Date -
6th annual watershed-wide volunteer water
quality monitoring program volunteer appreciation breakfast and summit
February 13, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm at the Blackstone Public
and Kayak Race 2010
34th BRWA Canoe and Kayak Race will be held Saturday, May 15, 2010. The
race specifics are the same as last year with the starting line in
South Grafton and the finish line in Uxbridge at River Bend Farm.
Classifications remain the same this year as well. Food and music will
play a part of our activities as well.
director, Rosemary Longo, will be stepping down after this year's race
due to relocation to Connecticut. A team will be created to take on the
various duties of the race for next year and beyond. If you are
interested in a working on a particular portion of the race please
contact Rosemary and
shadow her at this year's race!
form will be available on line shortly at our website www.thebrwa.org.
It will also be part of this newsletter soon!
look forward to our 34th race being even bigger than our 33rd. Each
year the race has more and more participants on the river. It’s a
wonderful ride! We hope to see you there.
Paddlers on the Blackstone
River in Uxbridge
will have an easier time putting in and taking out their canoes and
muddy and eroded paths to the river access sites off of Route 16 and
have been replaced with granite steps to the River and gravel paths and
improved parking areas, thanks to a cooperative project between the
the John H Chaffee Blackstone River Valley Heritage Corridor Commission
fall. Access to the Route 122 site
by the Blackstone River Bridge in South
Uxbridge was an especially
difficult trip with all the boulders and poison ivy.
There is now a graded path
with steps to the river and an expanded parking
area, avoiding the
previous need to park on the road. Click here
for more information on the River Access Program.
Reuse & Recycle
way we can all do our part to protect the watershed and the global
environment is to follow the 3 R's as much as possible in our daily
lives. Here are a few websites to visit for more information on
steps we can all take, large and small, to reduce our contribution to
the waste stream.
a one-stop shop for all you need to know about the 3 R's. http://earth911.com/
Massachusetts Recycling Coalition - http://www.massrecycle.org/
Island Resource Recovery Corporation - http://rirrc.org/
local "give & take" email groups to find a home for your
unwanted stuff (and keep it out of the trash) http://www.freecycle.org/
& opinions expressed in linked websites do not necessarily
state or reflect those of the BRWA.