"A civilization flourishes when people plant trees under whose shade they will never sit."
        ... a proverb on a poster in the R.I. Dept. of Administration

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In 1990, the Kickemuit River, a treasure for the citizens and children of Bristol and Warren, was rightfully closed to shellfishing by DEM. The reason was given that Fall River, Massachusetts was causing the high fecal bacteria count in the Kickemuit River after rainfalls because of the combined sewer/storm water overflow from the Fall River sewers. The Kickemuit River Council began to investigate.

The problem was compounded due to the communities along the River were also causing the pollution. The Kickemuit River Council held a meeting at the Warren High School to find out what the peoples of Warren and Bristol felt about the closure and if they would be willing to help. Hundreds of people from the community came. The people, by their presence, energized us to tackle the difficult task of solving the problem. Many people volunteered. This experience and volunteerism has kept us working these twelve years. The people gave this organization the direction, purpose, and resolve to forge ahead. Our Council developed the Kickemuit River Project for the saltwater Kickemuit River.