Blackstone River Watershed Association
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6th Annual Blackstone Valley Riverways Cleanup

The Watershed & Us Presented in Grafton

BRWA Annual Member Appreciation Event & Business Meeting



National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Wear Your Lifejacket!


Scotts Miracle-Gro Will Pay $12.5 Million in Fines

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Issue 33 September 2012

For myself I hold no preferences among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous. Bricks to all greenhouses! Black thumb and cutworm to the potted plant!

Edward Abbey


6th Annual Blackstone Valley Riverways Cleanup
Volunteers are needed for the 6th Annual Blackstone Valley Riverways Cleanup on Sunday, October 21, 2012 from 1:00 to 3:00PM.Cleanup volunteers at Plummer's Landing

Have fun outdoors while protecting local water resources, removing trash along local riverbanks for a cleaner, healthier, and more beautiful resource. Last year, more than 85 bags of trash were collected.

Possible sites for this year's cleanup include:
  • River Bend Farm, Uxbridge, MA
  • Plummers Landing, Northbridge, MA
  • River Road, Uxbridge MA
  • Fisherville Dam, Grafton, MA
  • Blackstone Gorge, Blackstone, MA
Also, keep your eyes open for riverbank areas that need cleaning and notify the BRWA so that your suggestions can be added to the list of possible cleanup sites.

To volunteer for the cleanup or to report a site that needs cleaning call the BRWA office at 508-278-5200 or email at


Susan Thomas presents Watershed Model to Grafton 5th-graders The Watershed & Us Presented in Grafton
100 5th graders and teachers at North Street Elementary School in Grafton participated in interactive demonstrations of the BRWA’s Enviroscape watershed model on September 17. Susan Thomas, BRWA program assistant, reviewed concepts of the water cycle and watersheds before engaging the students in demonstrating various land uses and their respective point-source and non-point source pollution issues. For example, “Farmer” Sarah applied “cow manure “ near a stream while “Plant Manager” Brandon” was responsible for discharging “toxic sludge” from the industrial factory into a ditch before other students provided the “heavy rain events”.

The resulting contamination of the model’s streams and lake and its negative effects on aquatic plants and wildlife as well as drinking water supplies made a strong impact on the 5th graders. The students then brainstormed possible solutions to each of the water contamination scenarios. The teachers and students thoroughly enjoyed the hands-on demonstration and the teachers even followed up with a quiz the following day on the watershed concepts presented by Ms. Thomas.


BRWA Annual Member Appreciation Event and Business Meeting
The BRWA will host its Annual Member Appreciation Event and Business Meeting on Saturday, November 3

The evening will begin with a fall buffet followed by our always short business meeting and a special 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.


9/29 2012 UniBank Blackstone River Valley Greenway Challenge   info
9/29, 9/30 Waters Farm Days - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day    info
9/29 National Public Lands Day   info
---- October - National Energy Action Month   info
10/7 Millville Lock Walk 2pm-3pm Millville, MA    info
10/11 BRWA Board Meeting 7pm 271 Oak St., Uxbridge   info
10/13 BRC Water Quality Sampling  
10/13 Guided Walk - Southern New England Trunk Trail 1pm-3pm Franklin, MA    info
10/21 6th Annual Blackstone Valley Riverways Cleanup   volunteer
11/3 BRWA Annual Member Appreciation Event and Business Meeting  



National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
Many local towns will be hosting a drug take-back day on Saturday, September 29, from 10am to 2pm, in conjunction with National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Area towns include Blackstone, Cumberland, Douglas, Grafton, Hopedale, Northbridge and Woonsocket. Improper disposal of prescription drugs is a major health, safety and environmental issue. Visit the DEA National Take Back Initiative website to locate local collection sites and find drug disposal information. The drop-off is anonymous; “no questions asked”.


Paddling a Kayak or Canoe? Wear Your Lifejacket!
reprinted from MassWildlife News

People in kayaks and canoes are reminded that from September 15, 2012 to May 15, 2013, paddlers must wear their personal flotation devices (PFDs) while boating. According to the Massachusetts Environmental Police, most boating fatalities in Massachusetts are due to boaters who fail to wear PFDs while in small craft in cold water or cold weather situations. Waterfowl hunters using canoes or kayaks are reminded that this law also applies to them.



Scotts Miracle-Gro Will Pay $12.5 Million in Criminal Fines and Civil Penalties for Violations of Federal Pesticide Laws
from Water Efficiency Magazine Monday, September 10, 2012

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, a producer of pesticides for commercial and consumer lawn and garden uses, was sentenced in federal district court in Columbus, Ohio, to pay a $4 million fine and perform community service for eleven criminal violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), which governs the manufacture, distribution, and sale of pesticides. Scotts pleaded guilty in February 2012 to illegally applying insecticides to its wild bird food products that are toxic to birds, falsifying pesticide registration documents, distributing pesticides with misleading and unapproved labels, and distributing unregistered pesticides. This is the largest criminal penalty under FIFRA to date.

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  • 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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