Rowing the Seekonk

There was a time, not long ago, when the water of the Blackstone River—once called “America’s hardest working river”—changed colors and drained into the Seekonk River, and thence into Narragansett Bay. There were few fish, and frequent fish kills. The Seekonk was a disgusting, stinking cesspool. Today there are many kinds of fish returning and a stunning number of birds that find sustenance along the river. The water (generally) doesn’t smell, except when the East Providence system drains untreated sewage. I row on the Seekonk daily and appreciate everyone’s efforts, especially STB, to make it once more into a healthy resource for all to enjoy.

*Please note:  Be sure to access the Johnson & Wales University Harborside Campus through the main entrance on Harborside Blvd. Your GPS may suggest taking Ernest Street to JWU’s Shipyard Street entrance, but that route requires a key card for entry.  

From Route I-95 North or South, take Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue). Head downhill on Thurbers Avenue to US Route 1A (Allens Avenue). Turn right onto Allens Ave. Continue southbound on Allens Ave. into Cranston, where Allens Ave. becomes Narragansett Blvd. Turn left onto Harborside Blvd. at the traffic light by the Shell gas station. Follow Harborside Blvd. through the Johnson & Wales Harborside Campus. At the end of Harborside Blvd., turn right onto Save The Bay Drive. Save The Bay Drive becomes a circular, one-way roadway as you approach the Bay Center. Parking is available in four guest lots after you pass the main building. Enter the building through the main entrance.

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