Blackstone River Watershed Association
TIP OF THE MONTH
Holiday Gifts - Don't Forget the Rechargeable Batteries
Giving or getting the latest electronic gadget
or toy for holiday gifts this season? Don't forget the rechargeable
It's estimated that about 40% of all battery sales occur during the
holiday season. Using rechargeable batteries:
And rechargeable batteries can be recycled. Many retail stores
(Staples, BestBuy, etc) and some communities have drop-off locations.
- reduces the amount of potentially harmful materials thrown away
- reduces impact on non-renewable natural resources
- reduces packaging waste
- saves money in the long run
Consider adding rechargeable batteries and battery chargers to your
holiday gift list.
From The Editor
"I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees.
I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.”
As we move through the holiday season,
reflect on the past year and look forward to the next, it’s a time
perhaps to pause and consider the message of the Lorax. Are our
decisions, personal, economic and political, striking the right
balance between desire and need? Are we making the most effective
use of our natural resources or the most expedient and profitable?
Are we growing or simply “Biggering and Biggering”. Are we, perhaps,
a little too obsessed with the latest “Thneeds” without regard for
the “Truffula Trees”
At the end of the first year publishing this newsletter, I wanted to
give the readers an upbeat story. I found this one in
Northern Woodlands magazine. It is a story about a tree,
the efforts of one man to keep it alive, and the reverence for it
shown by its community. It’s a story about a 217 year-old American
Elm, New England’s largest, that finally succumbed to Dutch elm
disease and the efforts made to “save” the tree by selling it’s wood
to the public and gifting it to craftsmen and artists.
Proceeds of sales went to planting new trees. Objects made from
gifted wood would be auctioned with some of the proceeds going to
the Arbor Fund, as well. The tree would live on. Please enjoy the
On behalf of the newsletter staff and the Officers & Board of the BRWA,
I wish you happy holidays and a peaceful new year.
“UNLESS someone like you
cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better.
Quotes and image from The Lorax: (R) and
copyright © by Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. 1971, renewed 1999
BRWA 2010 Accomplishments
2010 was an exciting and productive year for
the BRWA. Much was accomplished to further our mission to
protect and enhance the Blackstone River and its tributaries and to lay
the groundwork for another great year in 2011. Go to our website to
view a slideshow reviewing highlights of the past year.
Thank You Water Quality Monitoring Volunteers
The BRWA extends heartfelt thanks to the Water
Quality Monitoring volunteers who collect monthly water samples
throughout the Watershed and to the lab volunteers who analyze the samples
and coordinate the drop-off. The work of these dedicated citizen scientists
strengthens our mission to improve water quality in the Watershed.
The Water Quality Monitoring Program is coordinated by the Blackstone River Coalition.
For more information about the Program or to join a monitoring team, visit the
MACOLAP Lake and Pond Management Workshop
The Massachusetts Congress of Lake and Pond
Associations (MACOLAP) is holding it's 24th Annual Winter Lake and
Pond Management Workshop on January 29, 9-3 at Worcester State University
($25 for members, $30 nonmembers)
See www.macolap.org or email
Carol Hildrerth, MACOLAP Workshop Coordinator at
firstname.lastname@example.org for details, or call 508-429-5085.
|CALENDAR OF EVENTS
BRWA Board Meeting
MACOLAP 24th Annual Winter Lake and Pond
Management Workshop 9-3 at Worcester State University see above
|IN YOUR COMMUNITY
New Stormwater Regulations in Mendon
In a special town meeting on November 29, Mendon
approved new stormwater management regulations. The new rules will help
control stormwater runoff into the watershed and will bring the town into
compliance with the requirements of the Federal EPA National Pollutant
Discharge System (NPDES) Phase II regulations for Municipal Separate
Sewer System Operators.
Apart from meeting Federal and State Requirements, the new regulations will
reduce sediment and pollutants flowing into rivers and brooks and increase
the recharge to local aquifers. All Watershed communities will eventually
face enacting new stormwater management regulations and citizens can learn
about the benefits and impacts by following the progress of towns that have
already adopted them. We will try to provide “plain English” information
in future newsletters.
for a Milford Daily News article reporting the results of the Mendon Town Meeting.
CSX Rail Yard Expansion in Worcester
A major expansion of the CSX rail yard in Worcester
is in review by the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) office
of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA).
The rail yard is situated within the Watershed. It doesn’t appear that
there will be any impact to the Watershed from this project but we will
continue to monitor it. For more information see:
Articles in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette
"Environmental impacts of CSX rail yard expansion under review"
"Closer look urged"
Reports provided by the Worcester City Manager
Hawk Trapped in MBTA Station Released in Grafton
A Cooper's Hawk, that spent several days trapped in the
Andrew Square T station in Boston, was released by the Wildlife Clinic
at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Grafton. The hawk was
treated for shock and dehydration and released into the wild near the
Tufts University Wildlife Clinic campus. Click
here for the full text of the article.
|OF GLOBAL INTEREST
Rachel Carson "Sense of Wonder" Winners
The winners have been announced in the Rachel
Carson Sense of Wonder Contest, a poetry, essay, photo and dance
contest sponsored by the EPA, Generations United, the Dance Exchange,
and the Rachel Carson Council, Inc. Click
to view the work of the winners.
Top Songs About Rivers
polled it's members & fans to determine their favorite river songs.
The resulting playlist can be viewed on
Be sure to let them know if they missed your favorite.
Views & opinions expressed in linked websites do not necessarily
state or reflect those of the BRWA.
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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