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The Blackstone Watershed Collaborative, created at the George Perkins Marsh Institute at Clark University to bring partners together and solve water quality and climate resilience challenges in the Blackstone River region, has organized the Blackstone Commons Expedition — a 60-mile, four-day paddle from the headwaters of the Blackstone in Worcester through its connection to the Seekonk River and on to the Narragansett Bay in Providence, Rhode Island.
The expedition will kick off with a press event at the Blackstone Heritage Corridor Visitor Center (3 Paul Clancy Way, Worcester). Several speakers, including Massachusetts State Representatives Dan Donahue and Mary Keefe, Worcester Department of Public Works Commissioner Jay Fink, and Save the Bay Advocacy Director Topher Hamblett will discuss the challenges of climate change and impervious surfaces in flooding, the need for nature-based solutions, and how integrated water management can improve watershed conditions.
Following the program, the group will launch their expedition, paddling from Worcester to Grafton.