The water was running high on this recent muggy afternoon, as a group of volunteers in hip waders prepared to step into the Woonasquatucket River.

The banks were lush and green, with a bike path running along one side. Under the trees, coffee cup lids, bottles, and plastic bags littered the ground. Broken glass mingled with clam shells in the mud. And a shimmering rainbow slick coated the edge of the water.

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Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council staff (from left) Jacob Gorke, Sara Canuel, Amanda Peavey and Naya Black demonstrate how to electrofish.
Photo By: Sofie Rudin / The Public’s Radio