It looks a lot like bamboo, but Japanese knotweed is a highly invasive plant that's taking over our riverbanks and creeping into peoples' yards, choking out their grass - even the smallest fragment of a root can re-grow a whole plant making it difficult to get rid of even for the pros.
Stormwater is another threat to the health of Woonsocket. You might wonder how something as natural as rainfall can pollute our waterways and damage our community, but think of all the things that water could pick up on the way to the river, the oil from your driveway, improperly stored chemicals, even trash. All of this has made the Blackstone River too polluted to swim in and unhealthy to fish from. It's up to area residents to change this.
On March 23, a coalition led by the Blackstone River Watershed Council and the Riverzedge Arts Project will be holding a public meeting to recruit Woonsocket residents to the River Brigade. The River Brigade is an all-ages, all-abilities team that will come together to do battle on knotweed, storm against stormwater, and for other events that will work to improve the health of Blackstone River and of Woonsocket.
The meeting on the 23rd will be from 10 a.m. - noon at the Depot (1 Depot Square). The first 100 attendees will get rolling gutter extenders and a raffle ticket to win a rain barrel painted by the Riverzedge Green Design Lab students. For more information, contact Kelly Griffith at the Riverzedge Arts Project - 401.767.2100