New wing of Watershed Council’s environmental center opens Saturday

New wing of Watershed Council’s environmental center opens Saturday

LINCOLN – The Blackstone River Watershed Council/Friends of the Blackstone will hold a grand opening celebration for the new addition to the Friends of the Blackstone Environmental Center at 100 New River Road in Manville this Saturday, May 18, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Member Judy Hadley said the wing will be a classroom and space for meetings, talks, activities and seminars. The original portion of the building houses a giant utility garage full of the group’s canoes, tools, and a Kubota tractor.

This space is an important one to the community because it houses an organization that runs all the major cleanups on the Rhode Island portion of the Blackstone River, said Hadley. The combined group has been around a long time, she said, and still maintains the same commendable goals.

This is the group’s building but others are allowed to use it upon request, said Hadley.

Janet Coit, director of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, will be the guest speaker at Saturday’s event. Featured entertainment will be the The Eastern Medicine Singers. The event is free and light refreshments will be served.

The BRWC/FOB has been the key driving force for the past 30 years for the care, education and advocacy of the Blackstone River and its surrounding watershed, says the group. Members and volunteers clear major trees from the dams, do canoe trips, conduct water quality monitoring, pull tires and other large trash items out of the river, run educational seminars for the public, engage with youth and more.

“We offer people exciting opportunities to become directly involved in the continued improvement of the quality of the river,” states the group.