| Blackstone River Watershed Association
| And the day came when the risk
to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to
TIP OF THE MONTH
Pump It Up
from the Green Energy Times eNewsletter
Fuel. Increase your gas mileage by checking your tire pressure. More
than a quarter of all cars and nearly one-third of all SUVs, vans and
pickups have underinflated tires, according to a survey by the
Department of Transportation. If every American kept his or her tires
properly inflated, we could save 2.8 billion gallons (10.6 billion
liters) of gasoline a year — and help curb global warming pollution —
so inflate the tires on your car or truck and continue to do so once a
month or as necessary.
Annual BRWA Earth Day Cleanup
celebration of Earth Day, the BRWA is sponsoring its annual river
shoreline cleanup on Sunday, April 22, 2012 from 1–3pm. The cleanup
will take place in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of
Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Park Serve Day being held throughout
BRWA Team Leaders will work with volunteers at River Bend Farm and Old
River Road in Uxbridge, at the Blackstone Gorge and along the
Blackstone Canal in Blackstone, and at additional sites within the
Blackstone River Watershed. Check our website over the next few weeks
for details on these other locations.
Have fun outdoors while protecting your local water resources. Be a
part of an ongoing partnership to remove trash along local riverbanks
that will make for a cleaner, healthier and more beautiful resource.
You can make a difference by volunteering just a couple of hours of
your time. This project also meets community service requirements for
After the cleanup, volunteers will meet at River Bend Farm Visitor
Center in Uxbridge, MA, at 3pm for pizza and drinks, provided by the
Blackstone River Watershed Association.
For more information, or to register for the cleanup, call the BRWA
office at 508-278-5200 or email us at
Water Quality Monitoring Volunteers
Samplers are still needed for the Blackstone River Watershed-wide Water
Quality Monitoring Program. Sampling is done on the second Saturday of
each month, from April to November. Volunteers are needed to cover the
Tammy Gilpatrick or call 508-278-2080 if you can help.
- Emerson Brook in Uxbridge
- Blackstone River north of Stanley Woolen
- West River in Northbridge
- West River, Route 16 in Uxbridge
- Mill River in Hopedale
The Water Quality Monitoring Program is coordinated by the Blackstone
River Coalition. For more information about the Program, visit the BRC
36th Annual BRWA Canoe and Kayak
River Watershed Association will hold its 36th Annual Canoe and Kayak
race on Saturday, May 19, 2012. This event will start in South Grafton, MA and end
at the RiverBend Farm Visitor Center in Uxbridge, MA. Points for the
NECKRA and the NE Downriver Championship will be awarded. The entry
form and more information will be available on line
shortly at the BRWA website.
Volunteers are needed for the following activities:
- water safety
- land spotters
- general help
After the race there will be food, music, an award ceremony as well as
other family activities. For more information or to participate as a
racer or volunteer please contact Steve Cunningham at
|CALENDAR OF EVENTS
|| World Water Day info
|| BCC Workday. 9am at Plummer’s Landing,
Church St. Northbridge. info
|| Earth Hour 8:30pm info
|| National Kite Month info
|| April is National Garden
|| Chip Bishop presents a talk on his book
"The Lion and the Journalist" (Ranger Day Lecture Series) 1:30 pm at
the Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket info
|| International Pillow Fight
|| BRWA Board Meeting 6:30pm 271 Oak St.,
|| Community Stormwater Solutions 4:00 – 8:30
pm, at Worcester State University info
|| BRC Water Quality Sampling
|| National Park Week info
|| BRWA Earth Day River
|| Earth Day
|| 36th BRWA Canoe and Kayak
Bill To Allow Sunday Bow Hunting in
HB3946 (An Act relative to expanding the powers of the Director of
Fisheries and Wildlife), has been introduced to the MA House
of Representatives that would give the Division of Fisheries and
Wildlife the authority to open Sundays to bow hunters. Current law
allows hunting Monday through Saturday during the appropriate season.
The Sunday prohibition on hunting in Massachusetts is generally
accepted as a time when other legitimate users of public lands can do
so safely during the Fall and Winter months. The bill has received the
approval of the committee on Environment, Natural Resources and
Agriculture and has been referred to the House committee on Ways and
Senators Testify In Favor Of
Senator John Kerry and Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed testified before
the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National
Parks in favor of the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National
Historical Park Establishment Act (S.1708). The bill, introduced late
last year along with a companion bill in the House of Representatives,
would establish several sites in the Blackstone Valley as a National
Historic Park. Also testifying in favor of the bill was the Associate
Director of the National Park Service (NPS), Dr. Stephanie Toothman.
The establishment of the park has the support of the NPS and U.S.
Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar. The bill is expected to move to
the full Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for approval.
The bill would then go before the full U.S. Senate.
For more on the testimony:
Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
US Senator John Kerry
US Senator Jack Reed
The Boston Globe
Earth Hour 2012
Earth Hour 2012
will be held on Saturday March 31 between 8.30PM and 9.30PM. Join with
hundreds of millions of people, organizations, corporations and
governments around the world celebrating their commitment to the planet
by switching off their lights for one designated hour.
Earth Hour encourages individuals, businesses and governments to show
leadership on environmental solutions through their actions, to use
Earth Hour as a platform to showcase to the world what measures they
are taking to reduce their environmental impact.
Click on the Earth Hour logo above for more information.
White House Conference on Conservation
On March 2,
President Obama and members of the Cabinet met with conservation
leaders from all 50 states at the White House Conference on
Conservation. The Conference was part of the President's America's Great
Outdoors initiative to establish a community-based, 21st
century agenda for conservation, recreation, and reconnecting Americans
to the outdoors. The goal of the Initiative is to set conservation
priorities from the grassroots level and to bring a greater sense of
responsibility for and connection to our lands and waters.
highlights from the conference here.
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
Association. BRWA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
- Engage the public in watershed stewardship
- 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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