Blackstone River Watershed Association
The BRWA wishes you a joyous holiday season.
This month, we offer a poem set to music.
The poem is Snow by Archibald Lampman
Music and vocals by Loreena McKennitt
Many of us find ourselves rushing about at this time of year.
Take a moment, click here and enjoy
BRWA Winter Hike
The BRWA will host a Winter Hike, Saturday February 4th at
Waters Farm in Sutton, MA.
Join National Park Service Ranger Chuck Arning as he leads us on
an exploration of of this beautiful property using natural history,
geology and evidence of land use to weave the tale of it’s long history.
Save the date. More information will be sent as it becomes available.
MACOLAP Lake and Pond Management Workshop
The Massachusetts Congress of Lake and Pond
Associations (MACOLAP) is holding it's 25th Annual Winter Lake and
Pond Management Workshop on January 28, 8-3 at Worcester State University
($25 for members, $30 nonmembers, $15 Students)
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 6:30pm 271 Oak St., Uxbridge
Winnie the Pooh Day
“Wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that
enchanted place on the top of the forest, a little boy and
his Bear will always be playing.”
National Pie Day (Mmmmm...pie)
MACOLAP 25th Annual Winter Lake and Pond
Management Workshop 8-3 at Worcester State University see above
IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Green Community Grant Awards
Presented to Watershed Towns
On December 2, 2011, six of the state's newest
Green Communities, including Mendon, Millbury and Sutton, were presented
with awards by Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Richard
K. Sullivan Jr to finance clean energy projects. The grants, awarded
as part of the MA EEA Green Communities Designation and Grant Program
will be used for energy management systems, high-efficiency street lights,
building weatherization, and other projects. These towns join 80 others
designated as Commonwealth "Green Communities".
Visit the MA EEA website for the
full text of the press release or for more information on the
Green Communities program.
Freshwater Lead Sinker and
Jig Ban Takes Effect January 1, 2012
reprinted from MassWildlife News
The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW)
reminds all freshwater anglers that as of January 1, 2012, the use of any
lead fishing sinkers and lead jigs weighing less than one ounce is now
prohibited in all inland waters (freshwater) of the Commonwealth. In terms
of this regulation, “lead sinker” or “lead weight” is defined as any sinker
or weight made from lead that weighs less than 1 ounce. A “lead jig” is
defined as any lead-weighted hook weighing less than one ounce. Prohibited
tackle includes lead sinkers and jigs (weighing less than an ounce) painted,
coated with some other substance or with attached “skirts”. Other types of
sinkers, fishing lures, and/or fishing tackle including, artificial lures,
hooks, weighted flies, lead-core, buzz-baits, spinner baits, or other
weighted fishing lines may still be used for freshwater fishing.
Ecologically safe alternatives to lead sinkers and lead jigs
(such as steel and tin) are readily available from many sources and come
in a wide variety of styles, shapes, weights, and sizes to meet every type
of fishing need.
In 2009, the Fisheries and Wildlife Board unanimously voted to prohibit
the use of lead sinkers and jigs weighing less than an ounce with the
provision that the regulation go into effect January 1, 2012. This delay
gave manufacturers and anglers time to adjust to these changes.
“The regulation was implemented primarily to protect the state’s small
population of Common Loon (Gavia immer),” said Dr. Mark Tisa, Assistant
Director of Fisheries. Common Loons are a state listed Species of Special
Loons, Lead Sinkers & Jigs on the MassWildlife website for more information.
OF GLOBAL INTEREST
Walking to School
There was a time when seemingly everybody walked
or rode their bike to school. Now, due to spread out communities and
safety concerns, fewer than 15 percent of children walk to school every
day. There is evidence that this trend has contributed to increased
health issues in children, including obesity. Furthermore, it has led
to increased automobile traffic and associated environmental impacts.
In an effort to reverse the trend, Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs
have been established to provide information, resources and assistance
to communities seeking to improve walking and bicycling conditions for
For more information and resources:
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHSTA)
Safe Routes to School , Practice and Promise
Federal SRTS program
Massachusetts massRIDES SRTS program
National Center for Safe Routes to School
International Walk to School in the USA
Walking to School, an EPA Greenversations blog entry
from Amy Miller, a writer who works in the public affairs office
of EPA New England
Views & opinions expressed in linked websites do not necessarily
state or reflect those of the BRWA.
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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.
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Mailing address: BRWA, 271 Oak Street Uxbridge, MA 01569
Phone: 508-278-5200 Web: www.thebrwa.org
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