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"A Day on the Blackstone" Slated for Sept. 16

Aug 29, 2017 01:47PM ● By Pamela Johnson

Submitted photo of a previous "Day on the Blackstone"

On Saturday, September 16, the Blackstone River Watershed Association (BRWA) will host “A Day on the Blackstone.” This annual event is a leisurely paddle in the Blackstone Canal from Massachusetts Department of Conservation's (DCR's) River Bend Farm Visitor Center, at 287 Oak Street in Uxbridge, to Rice City Pond, where we will learn about the history of the pond.

Joy Trahan-Liptak, an aquatic biologist, will talk about invasive plants, the harm they cause to our rivers and streams, how you can help to prevent their spread.  Paddlers will continue to Goat Hill Lock and back down the canal to Stanley Woolen Mills and return River Bend Farm Visitor Center. A hike to the Blackstone River will follow, led by DCR Ranger Kathryn Parent who will talk about the flora, fauna and topography of the area.  Participants will then return to River Bend Farm for refreshments and socializing.

This event will be limited to 20 canoes/kayaks and is open to all from beginner to expert paddlers.  Canoes will be available for use for an additional donation of $10.  The cost is $25/person for non-members and $20/person for BRWA members.  The cost includes pizza and drinks following the event (and a free commemorative t-shirt to participants who registered before September 1).

Register online at, or email [email protected].  Deadline for registration is September 15. (Deadline for t-shirts, Sept. 1.)
The Blackstone River Watershed Association (BRWA) has been protecting the Blackstone River and its tributaries for more than 40 years.  The organization has been instrumental in protecting the health and continued improvement of the Blackstone River watershed.  The BRWA’s Watershed Education Program is an interactive, hands-on demonstration using the Enviroscape model and it is free to educators in the Blackstone River Watershed.  The organization participates in the Blackstone River Coalition Watershed-wide Water Quality Monitoring Program, conducts shoreline surveys and cleanups, monitors waterways for invasive species, and organizes groups of citizens to pull these destructive weeds. 

For more information about the BRWA visit






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