About the Wood-Pawcatuck Wild and Scenic Rivers Study Committee

The Wood-Pawcatuck Wild and Scenic Rivers Study Committee was established in late 2015 with representatives from eleven towns in two states.  Members for the Study Committee were sought from Exeter, Hopkinton, North Kingstown, Richmond, South Kingstown, West Greenwich and Westerly in Rhode Island and North Stonington, Sterling, Stonington, and Voluntown in Connecticut through a public application process open to all communities’ residents.  Up to two committee members are appointed by each Town Council or Board of Selectmen and the Narragansett Indian Tribe. The Study Committee includes town representatives (individuals appointed by towns) and representatives of public agencies. Committee members represent a broad range of expertise and interests related to the Wood-Pawcatuck watershed. The Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association (WPWA) was asked to coordinate the study and serve as fiscal agent by the National Parks Service.

Funding from the National Park Service Partnership Wild & Scenic Rivers Program (about $56,000 per year for the three-year York River Study) is awarded through a Cooperative Agreement with WPWA.

Wood-Pawcatuck Wild and Scenic Rivers Study Committee members:

Members Representing Towns:

  • Nils Wiberg, Charlestown, RI
  • Virginia Wooten, Charlestown, RI
  • Roy Heaton, Exeter, RI
  • Sean Henry, Hopkinton, RI (Committee Chair)
  • Maureen Kennelly, Hopkinton, RI
  • Richard Diamond, North Kingstown, RI
  • Doug Harris, Narragansett Indian Tribe
  • Madeline Jeffery, North Stonington, CT
  • Richard Seager, North Stonington, CT
  • Peter Paton, Richmond, RI
  • Ken Burke, South Kingstown, RI
  • Dennis Migneault, South Kingstown, RI
  • Roger Gibson, Sterling, CT
  • Robert McLevy, Sterling, CT
  • James Leigh, Stonington, CT
  • Fred Wagner, Stonington, CT
  • Tracey Hanson, Voluntown, CT
  • Jon Ericson, Westerly, RI
  • Harrison Gatch, Westerly, RI

Partnership Agencies:

Study Coordinator: Denise Poyer, Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association

The Wood-Pawcatuck Wild and Scenic Rivers Study Committee meets about once a month on a variable schedule.  Meeting dates will be posted on the Events page.  Meetings of the Study Committee are from 7 pm to 9 pm at the WPWA Campus, 203 Arcadia Road, Hope Valley, RI, 02832.  All meetings are open to the public. For information about upcoming meetings, contact the Study Coordinator at WPWildRivers@wpwa.org.

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