2006 Celebrating Ten Years protecting the Ten Mile River! 2016
The Ten Mile River is 22 miles long and drains 54 square mile area in southeastern Massachusetts and northeastern Rhode Island. The headwaters of the Ten Mile are located at Savage Pond in Plainville Ma. From there the river flows south through North Attleboro, Attleboro, and Seekonk before entering Rhode Island. The Ten Mile meanders through Pawtucket and East Providence where it flows over Omega Dam into the Seekonk River, which empties into the Providence River and Narragansett Bay. The major tributaries of the Ten Mile are the Bungay and Seven Mile Rivers as well as the smaller Thacher, Wilde, and Coles Brooks. There are 45 lakes and ponds in the watershed and 15 dams on the main stem of the Ten Mile.
Like most of the other rivers in the area, the Ten Mile suffered greatly during the industrial revolution. By the early 1900s, the Ten Mile was heavily polluted and left for dead. But thanks to the Clean Water Act of 1972 and environmental groups past and present, the Ten Mile is returning to life. The river today is cleaner than it has been in decades, is now fishable, and portions north of Attleboro are now swimmable. Furthermore, wildlife, including Otters, and the Great Blue Herron have returned and are thriving.
However, the effects of industrialization are still visible in many parts of the watershed. In 2010, a toxic algal bloom was identified on the Turner Reservoir, which caused a ban on recreational activities for portions of August and September. But, if we all pitch in to help, this urban watershed can be fully restored to life. If you are interested in helping to preserve and protect this natural resource, please become a member today.
In 2016, the TMRWC is celebrating 10 years of work in the Ten Mile River Watershed. Here is a look back on our first 10 years.
May 2006- The TMRWC is formed with Keith Gonsalves as President.
October 2006- The TMRWC hold it's first cleanup behind Seekonk Middle School.
April 2007- The TMRWC begins Scoop The Herring at Omega Dam to push for fish ladders on the three lower dams on the Ten Mile River.
May 2007- The TMRWC begins cleanup efforts of the Ten Mile River State Park in Pawtucket. This is the first effort in the park, large items are removed.
June 2007- The TMRWC holds the first Father's Day Paddle.
August 2007- The TMRWC cleans the river in Slater Park.
2008- The TMRWC continues annual events started in 2007, with the exception of the Slater Park Cleanup. The TMRWC begins monthly after work paddles throughout the watershed.
July 2008- The TMRWC holds the first Roger Williams Paddle.
2009- The TMRWC continues annual events, discontinues monthly paddles. Work on the fish ladders begins at Hunt's Mills.
June 2009- The TMRWC holds the first National Trails Day Hike.
June 2010- The TMRWC holds the first Summer Solstice Hike.
September 2011- The TMRWC holds the first Harvest Moon Walk.
2012- The TMRWC holds all usual annual events.
October 2013- Keith Gonsalves announces he will step down as president at the end of the year.
January 2014- Ben Cote becomes president.
April 2014- The TMRWC holds it's first annual Central Pond Cleanup.
2014- The TMRWC holds all annual events, but no longer holds an annual cleanup at the Ten Mile River State Park.
September 2014- The TMRWC becomes a 501 C3 tax exempt organization.
October 2014- The TMRWC begins it's Greenway Stewardship Program along the Ten Mile Greenway.
2015- The TMRWC holds Annual events.
June 2015- the fish ladders are completed on the lower Ten Mile River.
June 2015- The TMRWC replaces the National Trails Day Hike with trail work at Hunt's Mills in partnership with the East Providence Conservation Commission and Providence County Hiking Club.
July 2015- The TMRWC signs an agreement with the City of East Providence to take over the firefighter shed at Hunt's Mills for storage.
October 2015- The TMRWC officially opens the new building at Hunt's Mills.
November 2015- The TMRWC becomes the official state designated watershed council for the Ten Mile River through the Rhode Island Rivers Council.
December 2015- Keith Gonsalves and Paul Bettencourt are recognized as people of the year in Rhode Island Monthly for leading the fish ladder project on the Ten Mile River.