Fishable/Swimmable Campaign

What we’re doing is working collaboratively to win the Campaign for a Fishable/Swimmable Blackstone River.

Campaign for a fishable-swimmable Blackstone River

In order to marshall the resources to actually clean up the Blackstone River, in 2003 the Blackstone River Coalition launched the Campaign for a Fishable/Swimmable Blackstone River.

To build a roadmap for the Campaign, the BRC is working with federal, state and local agencies, as well as non-profit organizations, academic institutions and businesses to create a bi-state watershed action plan.

To improve water quality to achieve a fishable/swimmable Blackstone River, the Campaign focuses on the following:

Stormwater management

Wasterwater treatment

Land use

  • Protecting undeveloped areas, restoring wetlands and riparian areas,  protecting cold water fishery streams, encouraging Low Impact Development strategies such as reducing impervious surfaces, increasing infiltration, and planting native species.

Stream flow

  • Restoring flow by methods such as:
    • breach or remove appropriate dams
    • establish fish passages for anadromous species at the four lower-most dams

Recreational opportunities

  • Continuing to build a system of river access points to increase opportunities for fishing, canoeing and enjoying passive recreation

Education and outreach

  • Developing programs to increase watershed awareness and appreciation and encouraging active stewardship

A two-tiered campaign:

The grassroots level

The business level

  • Business owners can join the “In Business for the Blackstone” Program.

Federal, state and local environmental agencies are working collaboratively to help reach our goal of a fishable/swimmable Blackstone River.