Ten Mile-Runnins Watershed Council 501c3 

  Two Watersheds, One Council    The Ten Mile & Runnins River


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Through continued support we will work toward:

-Fish Passage on the Ten Mile River into Attleboro and fish passage at the Burr's Pond Dam on Runnins River in Seekonk

-A Riverfront Park in the center of Attleboro

- Fishable and Swimmable River Systems

-National Wild and Scenic Designation on the Bungay River in North Attleboro and Attleboro 

-A Guide to Hiking, Walking, Biking and Paddling throughout the Ten Mile-Runnins Watershed being written by Marjorie Turner Hollman

The mission of the Ten Mile-Runnins Watershed Council is to promote the restoration of the Ten Mile River and Runnins River Watersheds and encourage and support recreational activities within the watershed in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.


The Ten Mile River is 22 miles long and drains a 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.  

The Runnins River is 7.5 miles long and drains a 14 square mile area in Seekonk MA and East Providence RI. The headwaters are located in swamps in Seekonk. The River flows south through Seekonk, passing through impoundments at the Old Grist Mill Pond and Burr's Pond before forming the border between Seekonk MA and East Providence RI. In East Providence, Runnins River flows over the Mobil Dam into Hundred Acre Cove and the tidal Barrington River, which flows into the Warren River and Narragansett Bay. The major tributaries of the Runnins are Aitken and Luther's Brooks. There are 3 dams along it's length.                


Like most of the other rivers in the area, the Ten Mile and Runnins Rivers suffered greatly during the industrial revolution.  By the early 1900s, these Rivers were heavily polluted and left for dead.  But thanks to the Clean Water Act of 1972 and environmental groups past and present, they are returning to life.  The rivers today are cleaner than they have been in decades, are now fishable, and portions of the Ten Mile 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, these urban/suburban watersheds can be fully restored to life.  If you are interested in helping to preserve and protect these natural resources, please become a member today.


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