Blackstone River Watershed Association
How innocent were these
Trees, that in mist-green May,
Blown by a prospering breeze,
Stood garlanded and gay;
Who now in sundown glow
Of serious colour clad
Confront me with their show
As though resigned and sad.
Trees who unwhispering stand
Umber and bronze and gold,
Pavilioning the land
For one grown tired and old;
Elm, chestnut, beech, and lime,
I am merged in you, who tell
Once more in tones of time
Your foliaged farewell.
October Trees - Siegfried Sassoon
TIP OF THE MONTH
Here are a couple of tips from
Earth911.com for reusable
replacements for common disposable food items:
Plastic Straws – Replace plastic straws with reusable stainless
steel straws. One brand is the RSVP Endurance Drink Straws available
from several online retailers.
Plastic Sandwich Bags – Replace plastic bags with reusable organic
cotton sandwich or snack bags like those from
For more hints go to
Reusable Replacements: Eating On-the-Go.
BRWA Annual Member Appreciation Event and Business Meeting
The BRWA will hold its Annual Member Appreciation and Meeting on
Saturday, November 3rd from 1-4pm at Purgatory Chasm State Reservation
in Sutton, MA.
Susan Thomas, Program Assistant for the BRWA, and Natural History
Guide for Mass Audubon at Broad Meadow Brook, will guide us on a
scenic hike from the hemlock and oak groves of this magnificent park
past wetlands and streams down to “Little Purgatory” – a magical spot
often overlooked by visitors who come to view the Park’s famous
name-sake chasm. Along the way, Susan will share her knowledge of the
plants and wildlife of the area as well as the historical and
geological features of this renowned state reservation.
The hike will be preceded by a very short business meeting during
which the Board will give a brief overview of the past year’s
accomplishments and upcoming year’s goals. Members will then vote on
Board positions for the upcoming year.
Following the hike, we will all return to the visitor center for warm
cider, homemade apple crisp, and other delights. We hope you can join us!
Please RSVP by email to
or by phone at 508-278-5200.
Note: This event is open only to members and their guests.
Been putting off becoming a BRWA member? It’s easy to
For more information or directions, visit the
Purgatory Chasm State Reservation website
or email email@example.com.
6th Annual Blackstone Valley Riverways Cleanup
BRWA Team Leaders worked with volunteers at
six sites within the Blackstone River Watershed including the Mumford
River in Uxbridge, the Blackstone River and Canal at River Bend Farm
in Uxbridge, Plummer’s Landing in Northbridge, the Blackstone River
by Goretti’s Supermarket in Millbury, by the Fisherville dam in
Grafton, and the Quinsigamond River in Grafton.
The volunteers worked both on land and on water and included a group
of scuba divers at Plummer’s Landing. The combined trash removed from
the watershed by these volunteers included 46 large garbage bags of
general litter, eight tires, a truck load of construction wood, a
bathroom sink, furniture, tools, rusted metal, and a car battery.
Following the cleanup, volunteers gathered at River Bend Visitor Center
for warm cider and refreshments generously donated by Stop & Shop
in Grafton, Shaws in Northbridge, and Hannaford in Uxbridge.
The BRWA thanks the divers from
Cuzins Outdoors in Whitinsville, the Assumption School in Millbury,
Cub Scout Pack 106 of Grafton, and all the volunteers who made the event
BCC Canal Work Days
Blackstone Canal Conservancy is sponsoring two mornings of trail
clearing and trash removal along the towpath of the
canal in the Blackstone River & Canal Heritage State Park.
All who are interested in preserving the canal are invited to meet at 9 AM at
Plummer’s Landing, west parking area, Church St. Northbridge.
For more information, call Dave Barber at 508-478-4918 or email at
- November 17th: BCC Workday. (Work to include floating debris pick up from the canal.)
- December 8th: BCC Workday.
Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission Sunsets
Twenty-five years after it was first created
by Congress, authorization of the John H. Chafee Blackstone River
Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission expired on October 12.
This will not affect the designation of the Blackstone Valley as a
National Heritage Corridor or the legislation introduced last year
to establish a National Historical Park.
The Corridor Commission formally transferred its responsibilities to
the nonprofit organization
Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Inc., which was
created to provide continuity for the programs, ongoing projects and
work with the Corridor’s many partners.
full aticle for more information.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
BRWA Annual Member Appreciation Event and Business
Trout Unlimited, Central MA Chapter Meeting
"Why We Should Care About Wild Trout Streams" presented by Russ Cohen,
7-9pm, Mass Audubon Broad Meadow Brook Sanctuary, Worcester
BRC Water Quality Sampling
America Recycles Day
BCC Workday. 9am at Plummer’s Landing, Church St.
National Homemade Bread Day
BCC Workday. 9am at Plummer’s Landing, Church St.
IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Ground Broken on Blackstone River Greenway Project
On October 12, officials broke ground on a segment
of the Blackstone River Greenway Project, a 48-mile greenway corridor
from Worcester to Providence. After decades of planning and false starts,
work has finally resumed on the Massachusetts portion of the Greenway.
This segment will run from the Rhode Island state line and extend through
Blackstone, Millville and Uxbridge. Seven bridges and one tunnel will be
rehabilitated in this phase of the project which is scheduled to be
completed in the Fall of 2014.
OF GLOBAL INTEREST
Citizens Lawsuit Against Entergy/Pilgrim
A group of Massachusetts citizens have sent a
letter to Entergy Corporation and the US EPA notifying them of their
intent to sue over alleged violations of the Clean Water Act at the
Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth.
According to the
Cape Cod Bay Watch website, the following violations relating to
pollution levels and monitoring:
In addition, Entergy is charged with fish kills related to the
once-through cooling system employed at the Pilgrim plant.
- Unlawfully dumping the chemical tolytriazole without a valid
permit, and in violation of the permit condition that says no
discharging chemicals resulting from cleaning or washing condensers.
Tolytriazole is a corrosion inhibitor that can harm marine environments.
- Unlawfully dumping suspended solids, oil, and grease from an
unpermitted storm drain.
- Dumping excessive amounts of chlorine.
- Failing to properly monitor and report the pH levels, chlorine
levels and temperature of the water dumped into the Bay.
Websites to visit for more information:
Views & opinions expressed in linked websites do not necessarily
state or reflect those of the BRWA.
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watershed-related story, information of interest to our subscribers, or
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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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