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State Designated by the RI Rivers Council

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Blackstone River Watershed Council/Friends of the Blackstone
John Marsland, President
Alice Clemente, Secretary
PO Box 8068
Cumberland, RI 02864
phone: 401-334-2153
Buckeye Brook Coalition
Michael Zarum, President
Paul Earnshaw, Vice Pres
PO Box 9025
Warwick, RI 02889
phone: 401-742-5769
Friends of the Moshassuck
Arthur Plitt, President
Greg Gerritt, Exec Dir
37 Sixth Street
Providence, RI 02906
phone: 401-331-0529
Kickemuit River Council
David Urban, President
Ann Morrill, 1st VP
PO Box 590
Warren, RI 02885
phone: 401-245-4470
Narrow River Preservation Association
Richard Grant, President
Alison Kates, Pgrm Coor
PO Box 8
Saunderstown, RI 02874
Pawtuxet River Authority & Watershed Council
Robert Nero, Chair
Scott Goodinson, Vice Chair
8 Hope Furnace Road
Hope, RI 02831
websitewatershed profile • calendar
phone: 401-615-7039
Salt Ponds Coalition
Arthur Ganz, President
Alicia Eichinger, Exec Dir
PO Box 875
Charlestown, RI 02813
phone: 401-322-3068
Ten Mile River Watershed Council
Keith Gonsalves, President
Alex Kemp, Vice President
PO Box 16611
Rumford RI, 02916
phone: 401-578-2746
Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association
Alan Desbonnet, President
Christopher Fox, Exec Dir
203 Arcadia Road
Hope Valley, RI 02832
websitewatershed profile • calendar
phone: 401-539-9017
Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council
Roy Najecki, President
Alicia Lehrer, Exec Dir
27 Sims Avenue
Providence, RI 02909
websitewatershed profile • calendar
phone: 401-861-9046

Five Year Designation Terms

2017 to 2022 Kickemuit River Council (Original designation: 2001)
2017 to 2022 Friends of the Moshassuck
2017 to 2022 Pawtuxet River Authority and Watershed Council
2017 to 2022 Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council
2013 to 2018 Blackstone River Watershed Council / Friends of the Blackstone
                        (Original designation: 2002)
2013 to 2018 Narrow River Preservation Association (Original designation: 2002)
2014 to 2019 Buckeye Brook Coalition (Original designation: 2004)
2014 to 2019 Salt Ponds Coalition (Original designation: 2003)
2014 to 2019 Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association (Original designation: 1999)
2015 to 2020 Ten Mile River Watershed Council (Original designation: 2015)

Not Now Designated

Aquidneck Island Watershed Council / Clean Ocean Access
Hunt River
Roaring Brook (Western Coventry)
Saugatucket River

Delineation of Surface Watersheds

The US Natural Resources Conservation Service in 2001 and 2004, building upon work of the US Geological Survey, delineated surface watershed boundaries at greater detail than previously mapped. Smaller watersheds within larger watersheds were clearly depicted and coded. The national numbering system for watersheds is referred to as Hydrologic Unit Codes or HUCs. The Narragansett Bay Region has an eight digit hydrologic unit code. Major watersheds within the Narragansett Bay watershed, such as the Pawtuxet River Watershed, have ten digit hydrologic unit codes. The next level smaller nested watersheds have twelve digit hydrologic unit codes. (Due to historical circumstances, sometimes the even digit numbering system results in an odd number of digits one greater.) For a full explanation of the numbering and mapping system for watersheds, search “hydrologic code” in Wikipedia, and follow the references. For a listing of the Rhode Island HUC10 and HUC12 hydrologic unit codes and maps, refer to the “introduction” of the RI Rivers Council’s Rivers Policy and Classification Plan.

RI Watershed Maps (URIGIS)

RI HUC 8, 10 & 12 Combined Map (RIDEM)

First USGS Topographic Survey of Rhode Island

"The topographic survey of Rhode Island was provided for by an act of the general assembly passed March 22, 1888, and immediately thereafter the governor appointed three commissioners to represent him in the work. Field work was commenced in June, 1888, and the survey of the State was completed in the fall of the same year. The total cost of this work was $9,732.51, or about $8.97 per square mile."
Source: R.T. Evans and H.M. Frye, 2009, History of the Topographic Branch, US Geological Survey Circular 1341, Page 40. - GL