Pawcatuck River Watershed
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
MORE STORIES: Pawcatuck River Watershed
Nearly half of all the culverts in the watershed of the Wood and Pawcatuck rivers are too small to allow for adequate water flow during intense storms, contributing to the risk of flooding in the 317-square-mile area.
Pawcatuck River Watershed VIDEOS
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.