The Pawtuxet River Authority
The Pawtuxet River Authority is a quasi-public benefit corporation created by the RI General Assembly in 1972 (RIGL 46-24). The Authority also is registered with the RI Secretary of State as a non-profit organization, has received 501(c)(3) federal tax status as a charitable organization from the IRS under section 509(a)(3), and has been designated the official watershed council of the Pawtuxet River by the RI Rivers Council. The Authority is funded by five municipalities through which the river runs-Scituate, Coventry, West Warwick, Warwick and Cranston. The Authority is authorized to improve, preserve and protect the Pawtuxet River. The Authority provides recreational facilities along the river and is expressly authorized to provide for land and water conservation, construct and maintain hiking and biking trails, flood control and water pollution control facilities, preserve wetlands, construct dams, stream diversion, dikes, walls and pumping stations. The Authority maintains an office open to the public and conducts events to benefit the well-being of the river.
PRAWC Board & Members
Board Membership (2017)
Coventry: Brian Manning, John Donovan, Vacancy
Cranston: Michael Maddalena, Paul Lockett, Carl Santucci
Scituate: Robert J. Nero, James Johnson, Charles Horbert
Warwick: Scott Goodinson, Paul DePetrillo, Jennifer Ryan
West Warwick: Michael Bedard, Stanley Brittsan, James Sullivan
Associate Board Members
West Warwick: Ross Adrain
Cranston: Rita L. Holahan,
Chairman: Robert J. Nero
Vice Chairman: Scott Goodinson
Secretary: Charles Horbert
Treasurer: Rita L. Holahan
Christopher D’Ovidio Esq., Merolla and Acceturro, Warwick, RI
Katherine G. Estes, CPA, North Kingston, RI
The PRAWC is a regional state-created agency whose Board is comprised of three appointed representatives from each of the following communities through which the Pawtuxet River and its two main branches pass; Coventry, Cranston, Scituate, Warwick and West Warwick.
We also attempt to maintain one Associate Board member representing each of the remaining cities and towns in which the Pawtuxet River System Watershed resides: Johnston, Providence, West Greenwich, Glocester, and Foster and Exeter.
The deep conviction in the pursuit and execution of our goals of some of our most passionate volunteers and longtime supporters is also recognized with a miscellaneous Associate Board membership status which allows them to participate in the PRAWC Board meetings. However, we consider every individual, institution and business that volunteers time and/or makes a contribution to the PRAWC as a much appreciated member of our organization, and we acknowledge and thank them for their ongoing support.