Watershed Association hosts A Day on the Blackstone Sept. 16

Watershed Association hosts A Day on the Blackstone Sept. 16

A Day on the Blackstone will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16. The annual event is a leisurely paddle in the Blackstone Canal starting at Massachusetts Department of Conservation River Bend Farm Visitor Center, 287 Oak St. Uxbridge, through Rice City Pond where participants will learn about the history of the pond.

UXBRIDGE, Mass. – The Blackstone River Watershed Association will host the event A Day on the Blackstone on Saturday, Sept. 16.

This annual event is a leisurely paddle in the Blackstone Canal from Massachusetts Department of Conservation River Bend Farm Visitor Center, 287 Oak St., through Rice City Pond where participants will learn about the history of the pond and 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 to 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. Pizza and drinks following the event.

Register online at www.thebrwa.org/dayontheblackstone , or email dayontheblackstone@thebrwa.org. Deadline for registration is Sept. 15.