Blackstone River Watershed Association
|TIP OF THE MONTH
The average family of four uses between 30,000 to 45,000 gallons of water every six months.
Conservation measures that you can use inside your home include:
Conservation measures to conserve water outside are:
- Fix leaking faucets, pipes, toilets, etc.
- Install water saving devices in faucets, toilets and appliances.
- Wash only full loads of laundry.
- Do not use the toilet for trash disposal.
- Do not let the water run while brushing teeth or shaving.
- Water the lawn and garden in the early morning or evening.
- Use mulch around plants and shrubs.
- Repair leaks in faucets and hoses.
- Use water – saving nozzles.
The BRWA Needs You!
now, you should have received mailings asking you to join or renew your
membership in the BRWA. If you have responded, we heartily welcome and
thank you. If not, please act now to show your support for our mission.
Your membership is vital to the important work of protecting and
restoring the Blackstone River and its tributaries. Even if you haven't
heard from us, now is a great time to join. Remember, you can join or renew online using Paypal.
There are also many ways to volunteer your time and talent in support of the BRWA. In addition to the posted volunteer opportunities, we always welcome enthusiastic people to contribute to our programs. A look at our Three-Year Action Plan will give you an idea of the varied opportunities there are to help.
Member Paddles Are Back!
member paddles at River Bend Farm in Uxbridge, MA are back this year!
The first member paddle will be held in conjunction with Canal Fest
Heritage Day on June 27, 2010. BRWA members can use canoes for free on
Sunday afternoon from noon to 4:00PM.
This is a family friendly event. BRWA members will be around to help
with putting the canoe into the Blackstone Canal and taking it out.
Life jackets are provided for kids and adults. Children can also
participate in a scavenger hunt. They will be given a card with photos
of flora and fauna of the area and will be asked to match these to what
they see while canoeing on the Canal.
Not a member? You can join the BRWA anytime at www.thebrwa.org or join the day of the event.
Member paddles will be held from June through September in conjunction
with Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park events. More dates
will be announced as they are finalized. Check the BRWA website for updates.
Blackstone River and Canal State Park is 1000 acre natural area
offering walking and hiking paths, canoe access, picnic areas and a
broad expanse of the Blackstone River known as Rice City Pond, which is
a great area for watching wildlife.
34th Annual Blackstone River Watershed Association Canoe and Kayak Race
year – another great race! This year our challenge was a lack of water
in the river and Mother Nature was not kind in providing us the rain we
requested to fill the river. Still, we had a good turnout - 24 Kayaks
and 25 Canoes with 74 paddlers in total from MA, RI, CT, NH and ME. Our
fastest kayak paddler coming in at 1:54:10 was Lou Carrier from
Stamford, CT. Lou was in a long kayak. Our fastest canoe was a racing
tandem at 1:52:15 flown by Kevin Boss of Swansea, MA and Bill Brown of
Bridgewater, MA. We had some new faces this year and some long time
favorites who have come back. Frank Oleksyk ran solo this year for the
first time in over 12 years. His 16 year old son abandoned him this
year so Frank went to long kayak from tandem canoe. The B class long
kayak paddlers are now afraid....very afraid, as Frank turned in a
Ed Halpin and Peter Olson gave the masters a run for their lives. Ed
and Peter pretty much wiped out their competition – some much younger
Complete Race results are posted here.
Food was provided by The Daily Bread of Whitinsville and it was great.
Their desserts were raved about as were their sandwiches. Strawberry
shortcake and huge cookies ruled the food this year. Sam Bowen returned
with his wonderful music. We look forward to seeing Sam next year as
well and you can see Sam locally.
There are so many volunteers to thank! Our biggest thank you goes to
Cal Kooistra who is leaving us this year to retire to Florida. We will
miss Cal dearly!
We would like to thank all of our volunteers:
Ranger Chuck Arning, Bill Paul, Val Stegemeon and the DCR staff at
River Bend Farm, Frank Oleksyk, June and Steve Pope, Dona Neely, Sandy
Neely, Michelle Walsh, Cindy Janek-Ashwood, Kim Ashwood, Steve
MacIndoe, Richard Chiros, Linda Thomas, Jim Plasse, Christian and
Michael Potter, Robert Gallerane and Joe Packard from the Wampy
Paddlers, Mike Sperry, Jeanne Breton, Tim Nutt, Hal Mahoney, Dennis
Ditullio, and and.....I hope I didn’t miss anyone!
We would like to thank our sponsors. Without them this race would not
be possible. Our thanks go to:
Alternatives Unlimited, Inc. of Whitinsville, Washington Mills of
Grafton, Rubber Stamp Company of South Grafton, Temp Flex Cable of
South Grafton, Walmart of Northbridge, Atlas Box and Crating Co of
Sutton, Goretti’s Supermarket of Millbury, Millbury Savings Bank and
John’s Jon of Upton. Please thank them for their support.
Well folks – another year come and gone but race planning for next year
has started. We’ll see you May 21, 2011 – same time, same place but
hopefully with more water in the river!! We’ll be looking for
volunteers to clean the trees and debris in the spring as well as work
pre-race and on race day. Thank you all – we appreciate your
Earth Day Cleanup a Success!
BRWA sponsored an Earth Day Cleanup on April 24, 2010 in partnership
with Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) 4th
Annual Park Serve Day.
One hundred and fifteen volunteers participated in the cleanup along
the banks of the Mumford River in Uxbridge, the Blackstone River in
Douglas, Northbridge, Uxbridge and Millbury, at the Blackstone River
and Canal Heritage State Park in Uxbridge, and Purgatory Chasm State
Reservation in Sutton. The volunteers included students from
Blackstone-Millville Regional High School, members of the Church of the
Nazarene in Uxbridge, members of Boy Scout Troop 25 in Uxbridge, Cub
Scouts and Brownies, friends of the Tender Beauty Foundation, local
geo-cachers, families, BRWA members and other individuals interested in
improving water quality.
Twelve students from Blackstone-Millville Regional High School (BMRHS)
and their teacher Mr. Tim Johnson worked at Purgatory Chasm State
Reservation spreading mulch along-side Massachusetts governor, Deval
Patrick as part of the Park Serve Day activities. The governor
congratulated the students for their volunteer efforts and shook each
ones hand. Other BMRHS students worked at a canoe access site on Rte.
122 in Uxbridge doing some repairs to the boat launch due to damage
caused by the recent flooding.
The 115 volunteers collected over 100 bags of trash, a television, 25
tires, a sofa, an empty 50 gal. barrel, a bicycle frame, wheel and
tire, two large hoses and construction debris.
Following the cleanup volunteers enjoyed pizza and refreshments at River Bend Farm Visitor Center in Uxbridge, MA.
More Clean Up photos and articles can be found on the BRWA website.
Follow-up to Organic Lawns Coffee & Conservation
As a follow-up to our first Coffee & Conversation event, Organic Lawns: Help Your Lawn Go "Green", we're sharing some valuable information.
By “greening” your lawn and gardens, you prevent the pollution from
fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides from flowing into the
stormdrains and streams of the Blackstone Watershed while making your
yard a natural and safe place for you, your family, your pets, and your
neighbors to enjoy. Learn more from these 10 tips.
For more good information:
MassDEP Lawns & Landscapes In Your Watershed
Lawn Care Academy Understanding Organics
and Organic Lawn Fertilizer
Tree Clearing - Volunteers Needed
trees have fallen across the river between Goat Hill Lock and Plummers
Landing in Northbridge. This has made the river impassable and is
causing the water to be diverted off its natural path. Want to help
clear the way? Contact Cal Kooistra at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about Saturday work parties being organized.
you looking for an exciting opportunity to work for the organization
that is working to protect and improve the Watershed? BRWA is now
searching for an Outreach Coordinator. Click here. for a position description
|CALENDAR OF EVENTS
May is American Wetlands Month info
June is National Rivers Month
BRWA Board Meeting
BRC Water Quality Sampling
Canal Fest Heritage Day-River Bend Farm
BRWA Member Paddle-River Bend Farm Noon-4PM
|IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Bears in Blackstone, Bellingham
Earlier this week, an adult black bear and two cubs were seen at the
Hartnett Middle School in Blackstone resulting in a lockdown of the school. Two days later, a teenage black bear was spotted raiding a bird feeder in Bellingham. Black
bear population has increased steadily in Massachusetts over the past
40 years and sightings, though rare, are not unprecedented in the
Watershed. Black bears will rarely harm people but may become dangerous
if they get too used to humans and human food sources. To discourage
bear encounters in residential areas, remove bird feeders, secure trash
containers and eliminate any potential outdoor food source. For more
information on the natural history of and conflict avoidance with black
bears and what to do if you see a black bear, go to the MassWildlife Living with Black Bears web page. This is part of the excellent MassWildlife "Living with Wildlife" series.
Your input is crucial to this eNewsletter. If you have a local
watershed-related story, information of interest to our subscribers, or
comments about this publication, drop an email to the editor.|
The Blackstone River Watershed Association (BRWA) has a mission to
enhance and preserve the Blackstone River system and its watershed; its
objectives are to:
The BRWA eNewsletter is published monthly by the Blackstone River Watershed
Association. BRWA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
- Educate members, supporters, watershed residents on watershed protection strategies,
- Engage the public in watershed stewardship activities, and
- Improve the water quality and esthetics of the Blackstone River Watershed’s water bodies.
Editor: Michael Sperry email@example.com
Mailing address: BRWA, 271 Oak Street Uxbridge, MA 01569
Phone: 508-278-5200 Web: www.thebrwa.org
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