Providence Water Walking Tour offers scenic views, history lessons

Providence Water Walking Tour offers scenic views, history lessons

Providence Water will host a free public field tour on Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Scituate Reservoir Watershed. The tour will explore the dam at the base of the Westconnaug Reservoir, pictured here, a tributary of the main reservoir known for its scenic views and excellent water quality. To register, visit www.provwater.com or call Forest Supervisor Christopher Riely at 401-521-6300, ext. 7313.

SCITUATE - Providence Water, operator of the largest water utility in Rhode Island, is offering its latest free public field tour on Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Scituate Reservoir Watershed. The three-hour walking tour will explore the dam at the base of the Westconnaug Reservoir, a tributary of the main reservoir known for its scenic views and excellent water quality.

The reservoir is located near the historic village of Clayville, and visitors will have the opportunity to explore the woods along the shore and learn the history of the area. The guide will also discuss current land management issues and projects, including plans for deer hunting during the 2014-2015 season.

The tour will begin at 9 a.m. on the south side of Field Hill Road at a gated entrance to the Providence Water property: located 0.2 miles east of the intersection with Routes 14 and 102, and 0.2 miles west of the Clayville Elementary School and intersection with George Washington Highway. Parking is available.

Both adults and children are welcome, and everyone must sign a liability release form. The walk encompasses one to two miles and includes rolling terrain. Visitors should wear sturdy shoes and dress for the outdoors.

A rain date is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 7.

Reservations are required. To register, visit the Providence Water website or call Forest Supervisor Christopher Riely at (401) 521-6300, ext. 7313.

Free walking tours are offered throughout the year at different sites on Providence Water's property, and are meant to provide residents with a better understanding of forestry and land management issues.