Kickemuit River Council
The Kickemuit River is one of four rivers flowing into Mount Hope Bay,
the northeastern corner of Narragansett Bay. The Kickemuit River Council
(KRC) is an all volunteer, non- profit 501(c)(3) representative organization
founded in 1973, dedicated to preservation, protection, and improvement
of the river. The KRC was recognized by the Rivers Council in 2001. Council
membership represents approximately 350 families and 10 organizations
or neighborhoods. The KRC is composed of voting members from the organizations
in the salt water portion of the Kickemuit. Each organization sends up
to three voting members and 1 alternate delegate. The KRC is supported
by grants, donations, and fundraisers.
The Kickemuit River Council welcomes its new treasurer, Joseph Arruda,
and its new 2nd Vice President, George Ogley. They are both Bristolians.
Major issues for the council continue to be air and water pollution from
the Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset, Massachusetts; a proposal
to site a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Fall River; and
“non-point” sources of water pollution causing shellfish bed
closures on the upper river. The council is working to improve the environment
of the Kickemuit by working to remove fecal discharges from the storm
system, restoring blue crabs, removing invasive plants, carrying out river
clean-ups, advocating for stricter regulation of the Brayton Point plant,
opposing LNG development and protecting the aquifer.