About the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association:

Since its inception in 1983 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association (WPWA) has fostered a mission to promote and protect the integrity of the lands and waters of the Pawcatuck Watershed. WPWA is recognized as an outspoken voice working for those who use and enjoy the rivers. Many of WPWA's activities are directed toward educating and informing residents, visitors, and public officials about the watershed's pristine lands and water resources.

WPWA plays an ongoing role in public policy formulation and debate within the watershed. As watershed council for the Pawcatuck, WPWA has legal standing to advocate on behalf of the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed. When necessary to serve the best interest of the watershed resource and the general public, WPWA will take a position on matters of land use, surface and groundwater use, water quality, threats to habitat, growth issues, and river corridor concerns. WPWA works in partnership with local, state, and federal agencies, to encourage the watershed approach to environmental management, and works on the local level with regard to specific aspects of watershed protection.

WPWA Campus

Our campus on the upper Wood River provides an administrative headquarters, conference and program facilities, and a handicapped-accessible public fishing and canoe access with parking. With your generous donation, our facilities are available for your next private function, email info@wpwa.org for more info. Funding for the site was provided by Champlin Foundations, Horace Kimball Foundation, Ocean State Charities Trust, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and other generous donors. The fishing pier, and informational kiosk, was constructed in partnership with RI DEM, US Fish and Wildlife Service, the RI Governor's Commission on Disabilities, and the Small Craft Access Trust (press release (PDF format)). The site attracts hundreds of visitors each year.

WPWA Bylaws (pdf format)

Watershed Action Plan revised 2008

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