Water Treatment Project - South Grafton
greenhouse in the recently created park between the road, the Blackstone River and the Blackstone Canal. When I was in
the area today (December 2, 2012), Nicholas Bernat, who's the site manager, was there and showed me around and
explained the job. The canal, just a few feet north of the greenhouse, is contaminated with various pollutants from the
Fisherville Mill that stood across the road until it burned down in 1999. The poster at the top of the page explains what is
being done in the greenhouse to break them down and improve the water quality.
through a series of tanks with enzyme-generating mushrooms and bacteria-producing aquatic plants and animals, and
release that “inoculated” water back into the canal to clean the water downstream.
An Eco-Machine created by Woods Hole scientist John Todd, funded by part of a $671,000 grant from the U. S.
Environmental Protection Agency to clean up the former Fisherville Mill site, began operating in May and has already
demonstrated a 90 percent reduction in industrial petroleum hydrocarbons as well as a reduction in nitrogen and
phosphorus — common pollutants from storm water — as water goes through the treatment process.
Overlooking a peninsula along the Blackstone Canal where the Fisherville Mill, which burned in 1999, leaked sludge-like No.
6 fuel oil for a century from underground tanks, the Blackstone River Integrated Water Quality Improvement Project, as it's
formally called, looks like a horticulture project with a greenhouse and lush landscaping. Click here to read the entire article.
Blue Mass Group page Grafton Daily Voice article
Photos of the area on the Blackstone Canal Conservancy site
Daily Kos article Facebook page on the project with about 14,000 "likes."