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

Earth Day Cleanup 2005

Activities and Events

Welcome!

    The Coalition sponsors a number of events, including the following:

      2014
      • 2014 Fresh Water Forum - Wednesday, April 9, 2014 (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm) - -
        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.

      • 2014 17th Annual Earth Day Clean Up Weekend Celebration! - April 5, 2014 (9:00 a.m. - noon)
        (Rain date is Sunday April 6, 2014 (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm) Registration starts at 8:30 on Saturday (12:30 on Sunday if we get rained out on Saturday) This is an excellent opportunity to share your appreciation of our planet with your families, children and neighbors. Plan to meet us at the Warwick Knights of Columbus Hall at 475 Sandy Lane in Warwick, RI. Dress weather appropriate and wear gloves and waterproof boots if possible. The donated gloves go quickly, so if you can, bring your own.

        For more information please call Paul Earnshaw at 401-739-6592.

        Volunteers will be divided into groups under the leadership of team captains, who will bring their groups to their locations throughout the watershed. You will be supplied with bags to retrieve litter. Certificates of Participation will be available upon request for volunteer hours.

        Supported and done in collaboration with The City of Warwick and Mill Cove Conservancy, this exciting event is an educational & rewarding experience. Come, find the outdoors an learn and experience what the Buckeye Brook Coalition is all about and help make a difference by helping us to care for Mother Earth and setting an example for others to follow.


      • 2014 Annual Fish Count Program - April 1 - May 15, 2012
        It is almost time to start the annual fish count, which runs from April 1 until about May 15! A short, 10 minute training session for new volunteers is required at either of these times
        • Thursday, March 20, 2014 anytime between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m.
        • Saturday, March 22, 2014 anytime between 10:00 and 11 a.m.

        The training is done by Phil Edwards from the RI Department of Environmental Management. If you have done it before, you don’t have to attend, but you must obtain a waiver form, which all participants must sign. You can click here to email Phil Edwards directly to obtain a waiver form on line.

        The training will be held at the Fish Count location. Park in the northwest corner (near the charity collection box) of the Knights of Columbus Parking lot, 475 Sandy Lane, Warwick, RI. Proceed 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. It is easy and fun!

        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. Once again, it is easy and it is fun, and provides very valuable data from year to year!

      2013
      • 2013 BBC Fundraiser - Cocktails by the Cove - Saturday - September 28, 2013 (6:00 pm to 8:00 pm)

        Enjoy local beer & wine and hors d’oeuvres with a view of Mill Cove, Narragansett Bay, and Conimicut Light, while helping to raise funds to protect and preserve your local watershed. This event will be hosted at the Whelk Home at 15 River Vue Avenue, in Warwick and tickets are $20 per person.

        Click here to see the 2013 Cocktails by the Cove Notice for more details

      • 2013 Winter Water Quality Testing - August 29th, 2013 (6:00-8:30 PM)

        Buckeye Brook Coalition is recruiting at least 12 volunteers for 6 monitoring sites along the watershed for winter water monitoring program. Training will be held on on August 29th, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:30 PM at the Saint Benedict Church School on Transit St off West Shore Road in Conimicut Village. All training and testing equipment will be supplied free of charge. Volunteers will be paired up with an assistant. Each pair of trained monitors will handle one location for air temperature, water temperature, dissolved oxygen, and propylene glycol (deicing fluid for aircraft). Testing will be done bi-monthly from November-March, as well shortly after winter storm events.

        This is really a big opportunity for members and the general public to do something to support the health of Buckeye Brook. I assure that the Coalition has never given up hope that this resource can be protected and preserved. . Even if you have never been involved in water quality testing, this is for you! You can do it!

        More info or registration for training call me Paul Earnshaw 401-739-6592 or Linda Green URI Watershed Watch Program Manager @ 401-874-4561

      • 2013 BBC Watershed Storm Drain Marking - Sunday - August 25, 2013 (10:00 am to 12:00 pm)

        What: Help protect water quality in the watershed and Greenwich Bay from non-point sources. In conjunction with the Save the Bay, Buckeye Brook members will be marking storm drain inlets in the watershed area with distinctive notices advising that they drain into the brook and bay.

        Where: Meet at the Coastway Community Bank located at 2089 Warwick Avenue in Warwick, RI

        Requirements: Volunteers must be 10 years of age or older to participate in this storm drain marking. All volunteers under the age of 16 must participate with an adult. Volunteers must have their own transportation to and from the storm drain marking site. All volunteers must be able to do two hours of walking and moderate bending and lifting. Volunteers must wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes.

        What to Wear/Bring: All volunteers should wear clothes they don't mind getting dirty, and dress for the weather. Volunteers are encouraged to bring sunscreen and a reusable water bottle.

        Note: Service hours will be given for this cleanup.

        Sign Up: Please send your name, email and a cell or home phone number you can be reached at during the day to volunteer@savebay.org or call and leave this information at 401.272.3540 x 130.

        Click here to see the Storm Drain Marking Notice for more details

      • 2013 Picnic At The Point - Saturday - August 17, 2013 (12:00 pm to 5:00 pm)

        Join friends and neighbors at the annual Conimicut Picnic at the Point. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket, bring a lunch or buy one there and enjoy the afternoon enjoying vendors and live music at the shore. This event is held at Conimicut Point Park in Warwick, RI.

        Click here to see the Picnic at the Park Notice for more details

      • 2013 Riding the Tide Paddle Adventure - Saturday - June 1, 2013 (7:30 am to 10:30 am)
        Explore the salt marshes at the mouth of Buckeye Brook as well as Conimicut Point and Rocky Point on this paddle with the Buckeye Brook Coalition. The trip offers scenic views, and education about the local communities, the environment and its history.

        This trip will require a bit more paddling experience than on previous Buckeye Brook trips because it is mostly in Narragansett Bay, although not too far from shore. We will launch from a central location, travel to Conimicut Point and the salt Marsh, then backtrack and continue on to Rocky Point, and then return to the starting point. Anyone who is not up for the entire trip can cut it short before continuing on to Rocky Point.

        Click here to see Riding the Tide Paddle Adventure for details

      • Steve Insana Memorial Dedication - March 24, 2013 (2:30 PM)
        The location is on Warwick Avenue, near the parking lot area of the Knights of Columbus building, 475 Sandy Lane, in Warwick.

        On August 30, 2009 the world lost someone who was truly special. Steve Insana, the founder of the Buckeye Brook Coalition, was taken from us far too early. His leadership and advocacy for the protection of Buckeye Brook was a passion that he shared with all who knew him. The Coalition has been working on a fitting memorial to Steve since the time of his passing.

        The Buckeye Brook Coalition would like to invite everyone who knew Steve to attend the dedication of a special site that will serve as a permanent memorial to a man that did so much for this small watershed in our community.

      • 2013 16th Annual Earth Day Clean Up Weekend Celebration! - April 20, 2013 (9:00 a.m. - noon)
        (Rain date was Sunday April 21, 2013 (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm) Registration starts at 8:30 on Saturday (12:30 on Sunday if we get rained out on Saturday) This is an excellent opportunity to share your appreciation of our planet with your families, children and neighbors. Plan to meet us at the Warwick Knights of Columbus Hall at 475 Sandy Lane in Warwick, RI. Supported and done in collaboration with The City of Warwick and Mill Cove Conservancy.


      2012
      • Buckeye Brook Watershed - Paddle Maps - All Year Long
        Grab your paddles and get ready for a fantastic summer on the brook! In partnership with the Rhode Island Blueways Alliance and with grant funding from The Rhode Island Foundation the Buckeye Brook Coalition has produced its first official paddle maps. Buckeye Brook Coalition is one of 10 Rhode Island watershed organizations that are creating paddle maps as part of this project. Even if you are familiar with Buckeye Brook, you may be surprised to learn some new things about its historic and natural significance. Check back for other maps being produced in this series and always remember to wear lifejackets, sunscreen and take all other appropriate safety precautions!

        Click on a link below to view and print the maps and to plan your paddles in the Buckeye Brook watershed.


      • 2012 Ride the Tide with the Buckeye Brook Coalition - Sunday June 3, 2012
        Buckeye Brook is a jewel within the urban city of Warwick. Explore one of Warwick’s hidden treasures with the Buckeye Brook Coalition as we celebrate R.I. Rivers Month. This paddling event is open to people with all levels of experience. The event is free. However, donations are greatly appreciated. Join us for a casual paddle where we will explore the lower reaches of Buckeye Brook. Pre-Registration is required as the trip has a maximum capacity of 20 vessels.

        We will launch at about 7:30 A.M. Paul Earnshaw will lead the trip making several stops along the way to discuss over 300 years of history. Explore the wildlife & picturesque scenery. Learn about environmental issues impacting many of our water ways. See the progress of the brackish marsh restoration project which the Coalition started 2 years ago. Learn about the river herring and why declines of 95% exist. The trip should take only about 2 hours, & will start with the incoming high tide, and will complete with the outgoing tide returning you back into Narragansett Bay. Come enjoy wildlife, history, & the beauty that Buckeye Brook has to offer. Bring your own canoe or kayak, refreshments, binoculars, & maybe some bug spray.

        LIFE JACKETS ARE REQUIRED and PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To find details of the launch location, contact Paul Earnshaw at 401-739-6592 or by email at brookeye10@gmail.com.


      • 2012 15th Annual Earth Day Clean Up Weekend Celebration! - April 21 and 22, 2012
        This Rain or Shine event takes place Saturday, April 21, 2012 (9:00 a.m. - noon) and (for those who can't make it on Saturday morning) Sunday April 22, 2012 (1:00 p.m. - 4:00)

        Supported and done in collaboration with The City of Warwick and Mill Cove Conservancy, this exciting event is an educational & rewarding experience.


      • 2012 Tenth Annual Fish Count Program - April 1 - May 15, 2012
        It is almost time to start the annual fish count, which runs from April 1 until about May 15! A short, 10 minute training session for new volunteers is required at either of these times
        • Thursday, March 22, 2012 anytime between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m.
        • Saturday, March 24, 2012 anytime between 10:00 and 11 a.m.

      • Phragmites Control Project - Saturday, February 25, 2012 (1:00 p.m. - 4:00)
        The Buckeye Brook Coalition is half way through a three year restoration project of a brackish marsh along West Shore Road. We need some volunteers on to meet at the brackish marsh where Buckeye Brook intersects with West Shore Road on Saturday, February 25th, at 1:00 p.m. for a couple of hours to manually cut an invasive plant known as phragmites australis or common reed. This cutting needs to be done before the vegetation begins to reemerge in the spring.

        You will need cutting tools such as manual or gas powered hedge clippers, gloves, and waterproof boots. Because it is unlikely that there will be a freezing condition to harden the marsh, be prepared for very wet conditions. Only adults in good physical condition should attend.

        If you can help, give Paul Earnshaw a call at 401-739-6592 or click here to email him with your contact information.

        More information about this important project can be found in this article by the Warwick Beacon Online published October 12, 2010 - First Steps Taken to Poison Invasive Wetland Reeds


      2011
      • 2011 Annual Fund Raiser - September 18, 2011 (4:00 PM - 6:00 PM)
        Please join the Buckeye Brook Coalition at 15 River Vue Avenue, Warwick, RI on Sunday, September 18th and help raise funds to protect and preserve your local watershed. Come enjoy burgers, hot dogs, soft drinks, desserts and music by classical guitarist Scott Dagget at the home of Mr. & Mrs. George W. Shuster, Jr. on the south bank of Mill Cove. Our guest speaker this year is Mr. Tom Ardito who will present on the Pawtuxet River dam removal project. Cost is $10 for BBC members / $15 for non-BBC members. Free for children under 12. All are welcome and tickets available at the event, or reserve in advance by emailing Stephanie Van Patten or by phone at 401.737.1278. Click on the link above for our flyer.
      • 2011 Ride the Tide with the Buckeye Brook Coalition - Saturday, June 18, 2011
        Explore the wildlife and picturesque scenery of Buckeye Brook, a jewel within the urban city of Warwick. This paddling event, sponsored by the Buckeye Brook Coalition, is free and open to people with all levels of experience. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and launch is about 10 a.m. Participants will hear about the 300 years of history made along this beautiful watershed. It is the home to one of Rhode Island's only natural free flowing herring runs in the state. The trip will take about 2 hours and start just prior to the incoming high tide. The event is free; bring your own canoe or kayak, refreshments, binoculars, & bug spray. Life jackets are required. Contact Paul Earnshaw to pre-register and find the launch location at 401.739.6592, or email him by clicking on this link.

      • 2011 14th Annual Earth Day Clean Up Weekend Celebration! - April 9 and 10, 2011
        This event was held on Saturday, April 9, 2011 and Sunday April 10, 2011 and was supported by and done in collaboration with The City of Warwick and Mill Cove Conservancy.

      • 2011 Ninth Annual Fish Count Program - April 1 - May 15, 2011
        This important program runs April 1st through early May and we need volunteers! A short, 10 minute training session for new volunteers is required at either of these times:
        • Thursday, March 24, 2011 anytime between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m.
        • Saturday, March 26, 2011 anytime between 10:00 and 11 a.m.
        Please click here for more information from Bill Aldrich about the 2011 Annual Fish Count Event..

      • Rock and Roll Night - March 12, 2011 For those who are interested, Bonnie and Christopher Donahue, supporters of the Coalition, are inviting Buckeye Brook Coalition members to a night of rock and roll by Mark Cutler on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at Eddies 529 Club at 529 Warwick Avenue, Warwick, RI from 9-12:30. Those who come will have some fun and, hopefully, learn something about Buckeye Brook and the Coalition. Cash bar will be available.

      2010
      2009
      • The 2009 Buckeye Brook Coalition Fundraiser - September 20,2009 The Buckeye Brook Coalition held a fund raiser on September 20, 2009 from 4:00PM - 6:30PMat 15 River Vue Avenue, Warwick, RI. There was a hamburger & hot dog cookout, soft drinks, live band, games and activities for children. Other community & environmental organizations participated and offered information and displays about their exciting programs. Our Key Note Speaker was Michael Sullivan, Director of the RI Department of Environmental Management. Event sponsors were: Sandy Lane Meat Market, Home Loan Bank, Picasso's Pizza, Twinns Karate. (Rain Date Sept 27 same time).

      • 2009 Seventh Annual Direct Fish Count - April - May 2009
        This program runs April through early May and we need volunteers! Please contact Steve Insana (401-737-1342) as soon as possible if you want to be a fish count monitor. 2009 Training dates for new people will be held before this event. Stay posted for the dates. Click here to read an article in the Warwick Beacon about our 2008 Training Program.
      • 2009 12th Annual Earth Day Clean Up Celebration - April 18, 2009
        Will be held Saturday, April 18, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. Plan to meet us at the Warwick Knights of Columbus Hall at 475 Sandy Lane in Warwick. Dress warmly and wear waterproof boots if possible. (Rain date - Sunday, April 19, 2009).
      2008
      • Click here to read a letter from our President, Paul Earnshaw about the Coalition,its activites in 2008 and goals for 2009.

      • Riding the Tide with Buckeye Brook - June 21, 2008
        Explore Warwick’s hidden treasures with the Buckeye Brook coalition for this paddling event, which is open to all levels of experience. Join us for a casual paddle where we will meet at the parking lot at Conimicut Point, near the play ground area. We will be heading out at approximately 9:00 AM heading west to the estuary of Mill Cove. Where we will discuss over 300 years of history made along this absolutely beautiful watershed. Explore the wildlife & picturesque scenery, Buckeye Brook is a jewel within the urban city of Warwick. It is the home to one of Rhode Islands only natural free flowing herring runs in the state. The trip should take only about 2 hours, & will be just prior to an incoming high tide, & an out going tide on the return trip. Come enjoy wildlife, history, & the beauty that Buckeye Brook has to offer. Bring your own canoe or kayak, refreshments, binoculars, & maybe some bug spray. For more information contact Paul Earnshaw 401-739-6592
      • 2008 Sixth Annual Direct Fish Count - April - May 2008
        This program ran April through early May. Click here to read an article in the Warwick Beacon about our 2007 Program.
      • 2008 11th Annual Earth Day Clean Up Celebration - April 19, 2008
        Was held Saturday, April 19, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon.
      2007
      • 2007 10th Annual Earth Day Clean Up Celebration
        Was held Saturday, April 14, 2007. Click here to see images of and read about our 2007 event in the Warwick Beacon and Providence Journal.
      • 2007 Fifth Annual Direct Fish Count
        This program ran April through early May 2007. Click here to read an article in the Warwick Beacon about the exciting 2007 Fish Count Program.
      • 2007 URI Watershed Watch
        Was held in May 2007. We will need contacts and volunteers for people interested in this program for 2008. Click here for details.
      • 2007 Water Quality Monitoring May - October 2007
        This event also runs May through early October and more water quality volunteers are needed for the URI Watershed Watch. We have four sites to monitor in the Buckeye Brook watershed. Please contact Steve if you are interested in particating. Click here and wait patiently for a large detailed map of the water quality montioring stations to load.
      2006
      • Buckeye Brook Coalition Boat Trip,
        Members met on April 22, 2006 for a memorable and informal canoe and kayak paddle down Buckeye Brook.
      • Historical Cemetary Clean Up , January 14, 2006.
        Grab your tools and a warm coat and join us as we work with the Warwick Historical Cemetary Committee and the Knights of Columbus. We meet at the Knights of Columbus parking lot at 9AM.
      • 9th Annual Earth Day Clean Up and Breakfast April 1, 2006
        Was be held Saturday, April 1, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. Click here to see images of our 2005 8th Annual Earth Day Clean Up Event
      2005
      • Buckeye Brook Cultural Historic Tour
        Last year we met on Saturday, June 18, 2005 for a facinating tour of the cultural assests of the Buckeye Brook Watershed and Old Mill Cove, including discussion of the old mill, the Shawomet Indian summer camp, and the old Warner sites (house and grave site). We will post dates for the 2008 tour when they are set.
      2004
      • 2004 Fall Chicken and Macaroni Dinner - October 3, 2004 Held at the Warwick Knights of Columbus at 4-7pm.
      • 2004 Social Events Calendar
      2003

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