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still, non-flowing water to complete their life cycle. Here are some
guidelines from the US EPA to prevent the production of mosquitoes in
your back yard:
Reducing mosquito populations prevents the spread of mosquito borne
disease in humans and animals and reduces the need for broad chemical
- Eliminate standing water in rain gutters,
old tires, buckets, plastic covers, toys, or any other container where
mosquitoes can breed.
- Empty and change the water in birdbaths,
fountains, wading pools, rain barrels, and potted plant trays at least
once a week to destroy potential mosquito habitats.
- Drain or fill temporary pools of water
- Keep swimming pool water treated and
For more information about mosquitoes, their life cycle, and methods of
prevention and control, visit the Central Mass
Mosquito Control Program website.
BRWA Awarded MA DCR Water Trails
The BRWA, in
partnership with the Heritage Corridor and the Blackstone
Valley and Canal Heritage State Park, has been awarded a $48,000 Water
Trails Grant from MA DCR to do riverbank restoration work at several
and kayak river access sites within the park.
The present access locations suffer from erosion due to heavy use by
Granite steps and stone pathways will be installed at the Hartford
Portage, at River Bend Farm, at Plummers Landing and possibly at the
Millville Lock. These enhancements will make it easier for paddlers to enjoy recreation along the river
Improvements will be similar to the work done last year, in Uxbridge,
Stanley Woolen Mill site on route 16 and the Scull Rock Lock site on
Highlights of previous BRWA River Access Projects can be found here
Green Your Piece of the Earth
“Green Your Piece of the Earth” forum held on August 8 at River Bend
Farm drew an interested audience that benefited from presentations that
showcased easy practices that can be done in our own yards to help
protect our natural resources. Knowledgeable speakers,
hands-on demonstrations, and informative literature explained how to:
Watch for news about our fall educational event coming soon!
- Adjust downspouts to divert rain water
into the ground to replenish the water table and prevent contaminated
storm water runoff from polluting nearby water bodies;
- Use a rain barrel to capture and reuse
rain water for landscaping and gardening purposes;
- Compost food scraps, yard waste and get
rich, organic soil – for free; and
- Attract butterflies to your yard by
incorporating the right plants in your garden.
Annual Purple Loosestrife
On July 17th,
2010 a team of BRWA volunteers removed Purple
Loosestrife from the Mill River in Hopedale. The stems and flower spikes were
cut to inhibit growth, prevent seed dispersal and control the spread of
the attractive but invasive plant. Volunteers filled and disposed of nine
large trash bags of removed material.
The BRWA will
hosting a volunteer training session on the identification and control
of Purple Loosestrife and and other invasive plants as part of our invasive plants program.
|CALENDAR OF EVENTS
|| Douglas Farmers Market 9AM -
|| Concert-Heritage String Band, River Bend
|| BRWA Member Paddle-River Bend Farm
|| Concert-TUBA!, River Bend Farm
|| BRWA Member Paddle-River Bend Farm
|| BRWA Board Meeting
|| BRC Water Quality Sampling
|| Farmers Market-Daniels Farmstead,
Blackstone 11AM - 3PM info
Dam at Hopedale Pond To Be Repaired
of rain was not the only cause of extremely low water levels in
Hopedale Pond after all. The results of an underwater inspection of the
dam indicate that spillway boards, deteriorated with age, are allowing
water to leak by the dam. A plan is in place to make the necessary
repairs and hopefully, with enough rain, the pond will eventually
return to it’s normal level. See the article in the Milford Daily News:
Dam to be fixed”
EPA Grant for Eco-Machine
Installation at Fisherville
The continuing cleanup effort at Fisherville Mill will
utilize an innovative “Living Machine” to treat water in the Blackstone Canal
contaminated by stormwater running off the site. With the help of a grant from
the US EPA, An Eco-MachineTM designed
by John Todd Ecological Design will
be installed at the site. In previous designs, the Eco-MachineTM has used a combination of living
organisms including microscopic algae, fungi, bacteria, protozoa, zooplankton,
snails, clams, fishes and higher plants, including shrubs and trees, to
biologically treat contaminated water. Along with the Eco-MachineTM
for the Fisherville project it is proposed to install floating islands of
vegetation. The roots of the vegetation will help treat the contaminated canal
water and, as an additional bonus, will help treat the bunker oil
coming off the site that causes an oil sheen on the canal surface. The project
will not only treat the water in the canal but will also supply useful data to the EPA for
future cleanups and provide educational opportunities.
See the article
in the Worcester
Telegram & Gazette: “$671,000
grant for Eco-Machine targets Fisherville Mill site water”
America's Great Outdoors
A new Obama
administration initiative, America’s Great Outdoors, is aimed at
promoting recreation, and discussing issues that affect the
environmental health of our lands and waters. At listening sessions
across the country, Americans have an opportunity to speak up on
environmental and recreational topics. For an overview of the program,
a schedule of listening sessions, or to participate online, go to the America’s
Great Outdoors website.
Greenversations - US EPA Blog
is a US Environmental Protection Agency blog where EPA employees relate
personal experiences in environmental protection and share their ideas
on a variety of related topics. Readers are invited to comment.
opinions expressed in linked websites do not necessarily state or
reflect those of the BRWA.
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