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BRWA to Host "A Day on the Blackstone"

May 29, 2015 10:20AM ● By Pamela Johnson
On Saturday, June 6, 2015, the Blackstone River Watershed Association (BRWA) will host “A Day on the Blackstone.” The event will begin at Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s River Bend Farm Visitor Center in Uxbridge, MA with a 1 mile walk along the Blackstone Canal and will continue with a leisurely paddle from Stanley Woolen Mill in Uxbridge, MA to the Blackstone Gorge, Blackstone, MA (about 8 miles).

Along the way National Park Service Ranger Chuck Arning will talk about the importance of the Blackstone River and Canal to the American Industrial Revolution, share some folklore about the Blackstone Valley and give commentary at historical sites along the way.

This event will be limited to 30 canoes/kayaks and is open to all from beginner to expert paddlers. Shuttle service will be provided by Alternatives Unlimited, Inc. and canoes will be available for use for an additional fee of $10. The cost of $25/person includes shuttle service, insurance, a commemorative t-shirt, a snack (provided by Goretti’s Supermarket) and pizza following the event. Please bring your own water.

A “Meet and Greet” with Ranger Chuck Arning will be held on May 27, 2015 at River Bend Farm Visitor Center from 6:45-8:00PM. Ranger Chuck will go over basic safety issues, changes that have occurred to the Blackstone River because of the snow melt, and safety considerations in some winding sections of the River. Attendance is highly recommended, especially for beginner paddlers.

To register check the Blackstone River Watershed Association web site or email [email protected] Deadline for registration is May 27, 2015.

The Blackstone River Watershed Association (BRWA), established in 1976, is dedicated to restoring, enhancing and preserving the Blackstone River, the Blackstone River system and its watershed. The organization participates in water quality monitoring, shoreline surveys, cleanups and monitoring and removing invasive species in the River.




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