Chairman's River Restoration Program
In 2002, NBC Chairman Vincent Mesolella instituted the Chairman's River Restoration Initiative with the goal to help restore the Woonasquatucket River, an American Heritage River, as a vibrant community resource.
In 2013, the Chairman's River Restoration Initiative expanded to include support to other community organizations who would like to pursue their own Earth Day River and Lake Cleanups, restoration or beautification projects in the form of grants ranging from $250 up to $1000.
The goal of the NBC 2013 Earth Day River Cleanup Grant Program is to emphasize the importance of Earth Day 2013 and the value of the environment and to provide assistance to organizations improving the quality of life in their communities.
The following community groups received 2013 Earth Day River Cleanup Grants from the NBC. Click through for more information on individual cleanups:
- Central Falls Parks & Recreation
- Save the Bay, Inc.
- Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council
- City of East Providence
- Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful
- Blackstone River Watershed Council/Friends of the Blackstone
- Neighborhood Alliance of Pawtucket/Friends of the Moshassuck
- Blackstone Valley Community Action Program
- Cumberland Land Trust
- Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy, Inc.
- Friends of India Point Park
- City of Providence
- Serve Rhode Island
- Smithfield Conservation Commission
- Edgewood Waterfront Preservation Association "EWPA"
- East Providence Police Cadets
- Crescent Park Carousel Commission
- Miss Rhode Island Scholarship Program
Collectively, these organizations galvanized over 2000 volunteers to make a difference for clean water in their communities.