Rhode Island Rivers Council

State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
One Capitol Hill
Providence, RI

June 12, 2013

Resolution Urging Congress to pass The Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park Establishment Act

WHEREAS a Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor was established by Congress in 1986; and

WHEREAS an independent panel of experts in a Special Resources Study published in July, 2011, determined that the Blackstone River Valley’s attributes provide great depth of insight to the historical industrial processes that shaped the development of the United States of America; and

WHEREAS the study defined a plan that includes five districts and other assets in two states that possess high resource integrity and convey the industrial heritage themes of the valley along with the Blackstone River and Canal; and

WHEREAS former US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and current US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell have both visited the Blackstone River Valley and expressed their explicit support to establish this national historical park; and

WHEREAS the citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations have expressed wide support to establish this national historical park,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED on this day, June 12, 2013, the Rhode Island Rivers Council urges the 113th Congress to pass S371 and HR706, the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park Establishment Act, to make this national historical park a permanent unit of the National Park System and to appropriate funds to properly operate this national historical park.

Guy Lefebvre, Chair; Veronica Berounsky, Robert Billington, Rachel Calabro, James Cole, Walter Galloway, Paul Gonsalves, Judith Hadley, Charles Horbert, Lisa McGreavy, and Elise Torello