Buckeye Brook Coalition -
A State of Rhode Island Designated Watershed Council

Buckeye Brook at Warwick Lake

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The Buckeye Brook Coalition, a state designated Watershed Council, was formed to focus attention on Buckeye Brook and its watershed, which are located in Warwick, Rhode Island. The brook plays a significant role in nature's life cycle. Buckeye Brook and Warwick Lake are the spawning grounds of the blue back herring and alewives. This brook is self-sustaining and unique, having no fish ladders or passage system to aid the herring in their migration between the sea and Warwick Lake at spawning time. It's salt marsh plays a vital role as a natural filtration system and vegitative buffer for Narragansett Bay. It is also spawning ground for shrimp and many other smaller bay inhabitants. Shorebirds feed off the fish, worms, crabs and clams in this rich habitat.

The major goal of the Buckeye Brook Coalition is to protect and preserve this natural treasure and the future of blue back herring and alewives who annually spawn in these waters. It supports activities that work to clean-up debris in the brook and surrounding areas and promote good water quality. It advocates for protection of the brook and it's wetlands from destruction and focuses attention on situations and policies that endanger it's well being.

The Buckeye Brook Coalition is supported by a group of individuals and organizations who promote the good health of Buckeye Brook. These organizations include, but are not limited to:

  • The City of Warwick
  • RI Rivers Council
  • Save The Bay
  • Conservation Law Foundation
  • Mill Cove Conservancy
  • Federated RI Sportsmen's Clubs, Inc.
  • Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association
  • Herring Alliance

Mark your calendars and save these dates!

  • Thursday, March 20, anytime between 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. or Saturday, March 22, anytime between 10:00 - 11 a.m. - Buckeye Brook Coalition Fish Count Training Video - Meet us at the Fish Count location at the Knights of Columbus parking lot, 475 Sandy Lane in Warwick, RI. Park near the northwest corner of the lot (near the memorial to Steve Insana). Proceed on foot towards the brook if nobody is present at the parking area because training may be taking place. Training is either individual or is done in groups, depending on who is present at any given moment throughout the hour and is required for all new fish counters. It is easy and fun! The training is done by Phil Edwards from the RI Department of Environmental Management. See our Activites page for more details


  • April 1 until about May 15- Annual Fish Count Montoring - Set some time aside to join us outside at the Knights of Columbus parking lot at 475 Sandy Lane in Warwick, RI and participate in the 2014 Annual Fish Count Monitoring Program. For those who have not participated before, the commitment once you are trained is only to show up once or twice per week on the appointed day (either some time before noon or sometime after noon, as requested on the schedule). You will watch for fish for 10 minutes, and jot down a few other observations. It is easy, fun, and provides very valuable data on fish populations from year to year! If you have helped before, you don’t have to attend the training session again, but you must then contact Phil (phillip.edwards@dem.ri.gov ) to obtain a waiver form, which all participants must sign before you can particpate.


  • Saturday - April 5, 2014 (9:00 am to noon)- 17th Annual Earth Day Clean Up - Take a break from your tax preparation and join us at the Knights of Columbus parking lot at 475 Sandy Lane in Warwick, RI and participate in the 2014 Annual Earth Day Clean Up event. Rain Date is Sunday April 6, 2014 (1:00 pm to 4:00 pm) See our Activities and Events Page for Details


  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014 (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm) - 2014 Fresh Water Forum - Save the Lakes is sponsoring a public meeting with Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Director Janet Coit who will discuss DEM strategic priorities and current lake management issues in RI. A question and answer period will follow. This is a great opportunity to meet and interact with Director Coit and other freshwater stewards to discuss our vital fresh water resources. Click on this link for more information about Save the Lakes 2014 Fresh Water Forum.

Grab your paddles and get ready for a fantastic summer on the brook! We have two new and exciting Paddle Maps to help you explore the Buckeye Brook Paddle Trails - part of Rhode Island's Blueways Alliance. Learn more by reading our Activities page or by clicking here to see our Buckeye Brook - Lower Brook Paddle Map or Buckeye Brook - Brook to Bay Paddle Map.

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Buckeye Brook Coalition | PO Box 9025 | Warwick, RI 02886 | 401-739-6592
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