Blackstone River Watershed Association
Blackstone River Watershed Association
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Exciting  2010 for BRWA

2010 Canoe & Kayak Race

WQM Summit


River Access-Uxbridge


Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

BRWA Online
About the BRWA


Issue 1 January 2010


Welcome to the first issue of the Blackstone River Watershed Association eNewsletter.  Each month, we will inform  the members and subscribers of upcoming events, report on issues that affect the watershed and it's communities and provide links to items of broader environmental interest.

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Join Us For An
Exciting 2010
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2010 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 members 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 be 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 there are any issues you would like to learn about.  Keep posted for other opportunities to come out and volunteer.

Water Quality Monitoring Program  Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast & Summit

Save the Date - 6th annual watershed-wide volunteer water quality monitoring program volunteer appreciation breakfast and summit Saturday, February 13, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm at the Blackstone Public Library.

BRWA Canoe and Kayak Race 2010

The 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.

Race 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!

The entry form will be available on line shortly at our website It will also be part of this newsletter soon!
We 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.


Uxbridge River Access Improvements

River_Access1Paddlers on the Blackstone River in Uxbridge will have an easier time putting in and taking out their canoes and kayaks. The muddy and eroded paths to the river access sites off of Route 16 and Route 122 have been replaced with granite steps to the River and gravel paths and improved parking areas, thanks to a cooperative project between the BRWA and the John H Chaffee Blackstone River Valley Heritage Corridor Commission this fall. Access to the RouRiver_Access2te 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.


Reduce, Reuse & Recycle                                               recyclecc

One 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.

Earth911 - a one-stop shop for all you need to know about the 3 R's.

The Massachusetts Recycling Coalition -

Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation -

Freecycle - local "give & take" email groups to find a home for your unwanted stuff (and keep it out of the trash)

Views & opinions expressed in linked websites do not necessarily state or reflect those of the BRWA.