Blackstone River Watershed Association
No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.
TIP OF THE MONTH
Reduce Packaging Waste of Cleaning Products
Cut down on waste by opting for concentrated
or refill versions of commercial cleaning products. Concentrated
products provide the same cleaning capacity in smaller packages.
Many products are available in refill versions that allow the consumer
to reuse the original containers. See this
Earth911.com article for more information.
5th Annual Blackstone Valley Riverways Cleanup
Volunteers are needed for the 5th Annual
Blackstone Valley Riverways Cleanup on Sunday, October 23, 2011 from
1:00 to 3:00PM.
Tropical storm Irene came though the Blackstone
Valley bringing with her lots of rain, downed trees and loss of power.
Once the rivers, lakes and streams recede, there may be lots of trash
on the shores of the waterways. High water picks up all the trash along
the way and brings it downstream. Keep your eyes open for this and if
you see an area that needs cleaning, notify the BRWA so that your
suggestions can be added to the list of possible cleanup sites.
You may even want to be a site leader for you site. It’s easy! BRWA
will supply you with gloves and bags. Volunteers will be sent to your
site and you will hand out the supplies. You will be told where to put
the put the trash bags so that the respective towns can pick it up.
Consider helping out this year by being a site leader.
To volunteer for the cleanup, to be a site leader or to report a site
that needs cleaning call the BRWA office at 508-278-5200 or email at
UniBank Blackstone River Valley Greenway Challenge
New England's Premiere Adventure Race, the
UniBank Blackstone River Valley Greenway Challenge, happens on
September 24, 2011. Watch as athletes run, paddle and cycle through
one of the most beautiful and historic sections of New England,
the Blackstone River Valley. The 57 mile
begins at Lincoln Woods State Park and finishes in Douglas State Forest.
Cheer on the participants along the
or come to the Beach at Wallum Lake in Douglas State Forest
where there will be activities for both racers and families including:
The mission of the UniBank Greenway Challenge
is to promote the recreational quality of life in the Blackstone River
Valley. Working with partner organizations, the UniBank Greenway
Challenge supports clean water campaigns, hiking and biking trails,
wildlife projects, environmental education and development of waterway
Children’s Challenge: 12:00 - 4:00PM
- Awards Ceremony: 4:30PM
- Food, Music, & Fun!
The BRWA is honored to have been chosen as this year’s
Charitable Recipient by the Greenway Challenge’s Steering Committee.
BRWA Receives Community Bridging Award
The Blackstone River Watershed Association is
proud to share that was recently presented with a Community
Bridging Award from Alternatives Unlimited, Inc. at their 35 Annual Thank You Reception,
held at the Boxboro Holiday Inn.
The recognition was for the partnership with their Blackstone Valley
Green Committee to host a Clean and Green Fair in April. The event
was held after the Earth Day Clean-up Event sponsored by the BRWA
and Department of Conservation and Recreation at River Bend Farm.
An estimated 200 volunteers and visitors took in a broad range of
hands-on activities and demonstrations. Alternatives hosted tables
where children could plant herb and vegetable seeds and visitors
could learn about Terracycling’s juice box school recycling program.
BRWA shared educational displays on eco-friendly topics at home such
as composting and stormwater management.
The BRWA is honored to receive this award from Alternatives and looks
forward to continuing and expanding the partnership. The
Whitinsville-based agency strives to enhance community connections
for persons with disabilities and has a strong commitment to protecting
BRWA Annual Member Appreciation Event and Business Meeting
The BRWA will host its Annual Member Appreciation Event and Business
Meeting on Saturday, November 5, at 5PM, at the River Bend Farm
Visitor’s Center in Uxbridge. We are excited this year to feature
a Saw-whet Owl banding program by Strickland Wheelock and the Lookout
Rock Owl Banders. This program will include a presentation introducing
us to the smallest owl species in the northeastern US, the Northern
Saw-whet Owl, and the contribution the banding project makes to better
understand their movements and biology. Weather permitting, the program
will continue with a banding demonstration at Lookout Rock.
The evening will begin with a fall buffet followed by our always short
business meeting and the Owl Banding program. A special mailing will
go out soon with more information.
A reminder that this event is for members only, so if you have not yet
joined, visit our website
to learn how you can sign up today! We hope you will join us for this special event.
|CALENDAR OF EVENTS
National Pollution Prevention Week
National Public Lands Day
Banned Books Week
October - National Energy Awareness Month
BRC Water Quality Sampling
BRWA Board Meeting 6:30pm 271 Oak St., Uxbridge
5th Annual Blackstone Valley Riverways Cleanup
BRWA Annual Member Appreciation Event and Business
Meeting 5:00 PM
Blackstone River Summit - Alternatives, Whitinsville
IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Public Input Needed for a Statewide Outdoors Survey
reprinted from MassWildlife News
Anglers, bird watchers, hunters, trappers, hikers,
naturalists, boaters, and other Bay State outdoor enthusiasts have an
important opportunity to voice their recreational needs by participating
in a statewide recreation survey. The Energy and Environmental Affairs
Division of Conservation Services (DCS) is strongly encouraging
Massachusetts residents to fill out an important survey that will help
guide decisions on how state funding can be best used for the acquisition
of conservation or park land, development of new parks, or renovation of
existing parks and recreation facilities. DCS is conducting three surveys
to gather data from state residents, land trust organizations, and
community officials as part of updating the Massachusetts Statewide
Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). The SCORP outlines the
state's priorities and unmet needs for conservation and recreational
facilities and activities. Public input is a crucial component of the Plan
and the surveys gather data about Commonwealth residents' preferences
and needs for recreational facilities and activities. The deadline for
completing surveys is October 31, 2011.
"It is critical for us to hear from as many people as possible to guide
how future LWCF funding could be spent most effectively in Massachusetts,"
said Melissa Cryan, DCS Grant Coordinator. "We also appreciate any efforts
from sporting, and other conservation and outdoor recreation organizations
to ask their members to fill out the surveys. Email blasts, newsletters,
Facebook messages, or links on websites are great ways to help spread the word."
Massachusetts residents fill out the User Survey at:
Spanish speaking residents of Massachusetts can visit
for a Spanish language User Survey. Para una encuesta de ciudadano en espaņol
Officers, board members, or employees of a Massachusetts land trust or
related organization should fill out the Land Trust Survey link at:
Community officials such as recreation directors, conservation agents,
community planners, and open space committee members should fill out the
Community Officials Survey at:
For hard copies of surveys, send a self-addressed stamped envelope and a
request for the appropriate survey to: SCORP Survey, EEA-DCS,
100 Cambridge Street, 9th Floor, Boston, MA 02114 or call 617/626-1171 and
request a survey be sent to you. Please be sure to indicate which type of
survey you wish to complete.
The National Park Service requires the Commonwealth to complete a Statewide
Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan every five years to remain eligible
for funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant program.
Since 1965, when the LWCF was established, over $95 million of federal
funding has been awarded to projects in every county in Massachusetts for
the acquisition of public conservation/park land, development of new parks
and recreation facilities, or renovation of existing parks and recreation
facilities. Currently MA receives about $800,000 annually from LWCF, but
if a proposal to fully fund the LWCF is passed by Congress that amount
could increase significantly, perhaps up to $15 million. For more
information about the surveys or SCORP, contact Melissa Cryan, LWCF
Stateside Coordinator, at (617) 626-1171 or
OF GLOBAL INTEREST
EPA Administrator Responds to Critics
In a recent Huffington Post article, EPA
Administrator Lisa P. Jackson responds to “misleading claims about the
EPA’s work”. In it, she takes issue with the idea that EPA policies
and regulations are harmful to the economy and focuses on the role the
agency plays in protecting the health and environment of American citizens.
Click here for the full text of the article.
Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Contest
The finalists have been announced in the Rachel
Carson Sense of Wonder Contest, Teams consisting of at least one young
and one older person were asked to share their "sense of wonder" felt
for some aspect of their natural surroundings.
to view the work of the finalists and vote for your favorites.
The deadline for voting is September 30.
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
engage, educate and advocate for improved water quality in the Blackstone
River 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.
- Engage the public in watershed stewardship activities,
- Educate members, supporters and watershed residents on watershed protection strategies, 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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