Swimming in the Woonasquatucket River
The Woonasquatucket River's health suffered as a result of pollution from the industrial revolution. The Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council (WRWC) integrates art, science, and education to improve the health and safety of the Woonasquatucket River while introducing Providence residents to this urban natural resource. WRWC introduces members from all parts of the Providence community to the river through the Woonasquatucket River Greenway, a biking and running path, with kayaking opportunties on the water. By improving water quality and ecosystem health in conjunction with public art projects and community support, WRWC is revitalizing an idyllic getaway in the middle of a bustling city.
Executive Director Alicia Lehrer describes how the river health has improved since she first saw it and future improvements she envisions.