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Pawcatuck River Watershed

Pawcatuck River From the source to the sea

Pawcatuck River From the source to the sea

This five-part series explores the Pawcatuck River — its history, recreational uses and tendency to flood — from its rural beginnings in South Kingstown, R.I., to its urban stretch along the Connecticut-Rhode Island border, to its ultimate destination, Little Narragansett Bay.

GALLERIES: Pawcatuck River Watershed

Pawcatuck River focus of restoration initiatives, starting with the fish

The Pawcatuck River, the defining natural feature for the 14 towns in Rhode Island and Connecticut in its watershed, is on a back-to-the-future renewal, the object of four related conservation and restoration initiatives.

Hiking Guide: Great Swamp a great treasure in little Rhode Island

The Day Hiking Guide takes a tour of the Great Swamp Wildlife Management Area in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.

Turf farms are a 'valuable agricultural commodity' in Pawcatuck watershed

Eight wholesale and retail turf farms are found in this part of the watershed, occupying about 3,000 acres of farms that once grew potatoes on the well-drained soils.

From Kenyon to Carolina: 3.5 miles of water and human history on the Pawcatuck River

As it tumbles through the Rhode Island villages of Kenyon, Shannock and Carolina, the Pawcatuck River passes major milestones of its past, present and future.

Three former industrial parcels now permanently protected

At three large tracts in the Wood-Pawcatuck River Watershed, remnants of an industrial past, have yielded cornerstones of a conservation-minded present and future.

Carolina to the state line: The green heart of the Pawcatuck watershed

Not only are the riverbanks along the 13-mile stretch lightly developed, but so, too, are the lands surrounding the Pawcatuck’s main tributary, the Wood River.

VIDEO: Dam, mill race quench local thirst for white water

White Rock Dam and the mill race, with Westerly on one side and Pawcatuck on the other, are slated to be torn down later this summer as part of restoring the Pawcatuck River’s natural flows.

Flood-prone watershed is focus of nearly $1M project

The effort aims to lesson the potential for future high water from the Pawcatuck and Wood rivers.

Pawcatuck River, Little Narragansett Bay in need of a cure for poor water quality

Instead of being a healthy estuary rich with shellfish beds and a diversity of marine life, the lower Pawcatuck River and Little Narragansett Bay are, in effect, sick.

Watershed towns begin process toward Wild & Scenic status for Wood, Pawcatuck rivers

Representatives of the 14 mostly rural towns in the watershed of the Wood and Pawcatuck rivers came together Thursday to begin a three-year process toward achieving National Wild & Scenic River status for sections of the two rivers and their tributaries.

Solution sought to Little Narragansett Bay's worsening seaweed problem

The seaweed problem plaguing sections of Little Narragansett Bay for the past several years spread to new areas this summer, prompting a renewed effort by environmental groups and local leaders to brainstorm possible solutions.

Flood resiliency plan for Wood-Pawcatuck watershed to be presented

The Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association will present findings and preliminary recommendations to municipal staff and the public for a flood resiliency management plan from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 13 and 20.

Pawcatuck River Watershed VIDEOS


A river beautiful

The act seeks to protect rivers through voluntary stewardship, encourages state and local regulation to guard against potentially adverse development and helps secure funding for research and conservation.

A bit more unity with middle school merger

The best interests of the town’s students is the prime reason to congratulate the school board for the consolidation, but there are plenty of other benefits for taxpayers.