Blackstone River Watershed Association
The water understands
It wets my foot, but prettily,
It chills my life, but wittily,
It is not disconcerted,
It is not broken-hearted:
Well used, it decketh joy,
Adorneth, doubleth joy:
Ill used, it will destroy,
In perfect time and measure
With a face of golden pleasure
Water - Ralph Waldo Emerson
TIP OF THE MONTH
Switch to Recycled Toilet Paper
From the Natural Resources Defense Council:
If every household in the United States bought just one four-pack of
260-sheet recycled bath tissue, instead of the typical tissue made from
virgin fiber, it would eliminate 60,600 pounds of chlorine pollution,
preserve 356 million gallons of fresh water and
save nearly 1 million trees. And the best news is that a four-pack of
recycled toilet paper costs about the same as a four-pack of conventional
Click here for more of the story.
An Evening With Owls
BRWA Annual Meeting/Member Appreciation Event
Saturday, November 5 at 5PM
River Bend Farm Visitor’s Center, Uxbridge
To thank our membership for another successful year, the BRWA will feature
a Saw-whet Owl banding program by 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. The evening will include a
short business meeting followed by a fall buffet.
The indoor presentation will be followed by, weather permitting,
a banding demonstration at Lookout Rock where you can experience
the capture and banding of Saw-whet Owls close up and learn
more about them and the techniques used to collect the data.
Space for the banding demonstration is limited so RSVP soon!
Not a Member but want to participate?
Join today by sending a donation via
PayPal from www.thebrwa.org or via mail to
271 Oak Street, Uxbridge, MA 01569
BRWA Volunteers Make a Difference!
The BRWA sponsored the Fifth Annual Blackstone
Valley Riverways Cleanup on October 23rd. One hundred and five
volunteers cleaned along the banks at the Blackstone River and Canal State Park in Uxbridge,
Plummer’s Landing in Northbridge, the Mumford River Walk in Northbridge,
West River Road in Uxbridge, Rice City Pond in Uxbridge,
the Providence Street area in Millbury, and Depot Street in Uxbridge.
The volunteers collected 89 bags of trash, one scooter, two tires,
a barrel, some wooden pallets and several car parts.
Our thanks go out to the enthusiastic volunteers from Blackstone Millville Regional High School, Whitin Middle School, Nipmuc Regional High
School and Assumption School, Mendon Girl Scouts ,Alternatives
Unlimited Inc., and many other individuals who improved the condition of the watershed.
Blackstone River Revival - Bi-State Conference
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
3:00 to 8:00 pm
Northbridge Town Hall and Alternatives Unlimited
The Blackstone River Coalition and the John H Chafee Blackstone River
Valley National Heritage Corridor are sponsoring a watershed-wide bi-state
conference focusing on future river restoration, water quality improvements
and increased recreation. The conference is open to river advocates,
local, state and federal agencies and all who care about the river.
Come and help shape the future of your watershed.
For more information contact Peter Coffin, BRC Coordinator, at
508-753-6087 or email@example.com.
Rally For The Valley! Heritage Corridor 25th Anniversary
John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor website
or call 401-762-0250.
Blackstone Canal Conservancy Planned Work Day
Blackstone Canal Conservancy is planning a
canal work day (a morning actually) on Saturday, Nov.
12. Meet 9 AM at Plummer’s Landing, Church St.
Northbridge. The plan is to begin a continuing series of
work days with the clearing of the canal towpath
between Church Street in Northbridge and the first
breach to the south. The towpath (not the roadway on
the west side of the canal) is rather clear from Church
Street to the sewer line crossing. But, then it becomes
rather overgrown to the breach where the river flows into
the canal. There is a little litter along the way but most of the hindrance is branches,
overgrowth, thorns, and a few fallen trees.
Volunteers are needed to clear the brush, small growth,
and clear downed trees. If you have loppers, brush cutters
(swizzle sticks), work gloves, or bow saws, please bring
them. No power tools will be used. Call Dave Barber, 508-478-4918
for more information.
The Blackstone Canal Conservancy
has been established as a voluntary group to educate the public about
the canal and to work towards the preservation of its remains, which
are quite extensive. It is intended that the conservancy will work with
the federal Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, the
Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park in Massachusetts, the
Blackstone River State Park in Rhode Island, and other local parks and
with associated groups such as the Blackstone River Watershed Association.
Charles River Wins International Riverprize
Congratulations to our colleagues at the Charles
River Watershed Association (CRWA) for the awarding of the 2011 Thiess
International Riverprize, one of the world’s most prestigious environmental
prizes, to the Charles River. The award was in recognition of the transformation
of the river from national disgrace to one of the cleanest urban rivers in the US,
due in great part to the efforts of the CRWA. The environmental award recognizes,
rewards and supports those who have developed and implemented outstanding,
visionary and sustainable programs in river management, according to
the International River Foundation.
|CALENDAR OF EVENTS
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
November - National Family Stories Month
BRWA Annual Member Appreciation Event and Business
Meeting 5:00 PM
Rally for the Valley 6pm-7pm BVNHCC HQ, 1 Depot Square, Woonsocket, RI
BRC Water Quality Sampling
BCC Workday. 9am at Plummer’s
Landing, Church St. Northbridge.
America Recycles Day
Blackstone River Revival - Northbridge Town Hall & Alternatives, Whitinsville
National Homemade Bread Day
IN YOUR COMMUNITY
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
Many local towns will be hosting a drug take-back
day on Saturday, October 29, from 10am to 2pm, in conjunction with
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Area towns include Cumberland,
Douglas, Grafton, Millbury, Northbridge, Sutton, Upton and Woonsocket.
Improper disposal of prescription drugs is a major health, safety and environmental issue.
DEA National Take Back Initiative website to locate local collection
sites and find drug disposal information.
The drop-off is anonymous; “no questions asked”.
Lawmakers File Bills Creating National Historic Park
Lawmakers from Rhode Island and Massachusetts filed
legislation to create a new national park unit within the Blackstone River Valley.
In the House of Representatives, cosponsors U.S. Representative David
Cicilline (D-RI), Richard E. Neal (D-MA), James McGovern (D-MA), and
James Langevin (D-RI) introduced legislation to create the John H. Chafee
Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park. In the Senate, a bill
was introduced by cosponsors Senator Jack Reed, D-RI, Senator Sheldon
Whitehouse, D-RI, Senator John Kerry, D-MA, and Senator Scott Brown, R-MA.
The Park would be comprised of sites and districts in both Rhode Island
and Massachusetts including the Blackstone River and its tributaries;
the Blackstone Canal; the non-contiguous nationally significant historic
districts of Old Slater Mill in Pawtucket; the villages of Slatersville
(in North Smithfield) and Ashton (in Cumberland) Rhode Island; and
Whitinsville and Hopedale in Massachusetts.
Upper Blackstone Water
Pollution Abatement District Assessed $20,000 Penalty to Resolve Clean Water Act Violations
The Upper Blackstone Water Pollution Abatement
District (UBWPAD), located in Millbury, has been assessed a $20,000 penalty
by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) to
resolve two violations of the Surface Water Discharge Permit regulations
that occurred last year at the facility's outfall to the Blackstone River.
The violations resulted from a fish kill in the Blackstone River that was
determined to have been caused by operational errors resulting in an overfeed
of disinfection chemicals in the UBWPAD's discharge into the Blackstone River.
A further investigation of the incident also revealed that a previous fish
kill had occurred in May of 2010 and it was due to the same problem. The UBWPAD
agreed to upgrade the facility's chemical feed monitoring system to prevent
future overdoses, and to implement additional training programs.
for the full MassDEP Press Release.
OF GLOBAL INTEREST
Nature Conservancy Interview With Richard Louv
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Richard Louv where he answers questions about Nature-Deficit Disorder,
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Louv is the author of eight books about the connections between family,
nature and community, including Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our
Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder and The Nature Principle:
Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder. Louv is
also the founding chairman of the
Children & Nature Network.
Watch the Interview
EPA Adds New Mapping Tool to ECHO Database
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
announced the release of a new mapping feature in EPA’s Enforcement and
Compliance History Online (ECHO) database. As part of EPA’s ongoing effort
to improve transparency, the EPA and State Enforcement Actions Map will
allow the public to access federal and state enforcement information in
an interactive format and to compare enforcement action information by state.
The map will be refreshed monthly to include up to date information about
enforcement actions taken.
Use the Enforcement and Compliance History Online database to look up
enforcement information where you live. ECHO helps you search EPA and
state data about inspections and enforcement actions taken to address
violations of air, water, and waste laws at over 800,000 regulated facilities.
Visit ECHO at http://www.epa-echo.gov/echo/#.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mailing address: BRWA, 271 Oak Street Uxbridge, MA 01569
Phone: 508-278-5200 Web: www.thebrwa.org
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