The Saugatucket River has its headwaters in North Kingstown, RI, then flows south through South Kingstown into Point Judith Pond and ultimately into Block Island Sound. Its 11,018 acre watershed (the area of land from which water drains to the Saugatucket River) north of Point Judith Pond is a mix of woodland and suburban and urban development. It has quite a few old dams on its main stem and tributaries–relics of its long history of use by humans in powering their textile and other mills. Once the river reaches Point Judith Pond–which is actually the estuary where fresh water from the river mixes with saltwater from Block Island Sound–its surrounding watershed is 9,338 acres. Despite the river’s varied beauty, it is unfortunately impacted by impaired water quality and some issues with trash.
For many years, the Saugatucket River and its watershed has been without a group to represent it. Friends of the Saugatucket formed in 2021 not only to advocate for the health of the river, but also to help the surrounding community connect with this wonderful resource that runs straight through the heart of the villages of Peace Dale and Wakefield.
Please contact us if you would like more information about what we do and how you can help.
We are focused on the following topics:
- River Herring Restoration
- Water Quality Monitoring
- Stormwater Mitigation
- Litter Cleanups (on Land and Water)
- Educational Programs
- Public programs