WHEN: Fri., July 19. Press conference, 9 a.m.; site tours, media availability, 10 a.m.- noon (NOTE: This is a media-only invitation, rather than a public calendar item.)
WHERE: 437 Whittenton St., Whittenton Dam, Taunton, Mass.
WHAT: Eight years after the Whittenton Dam’s near-failure threatened hundreds of homes and businesses and made national news, the infamous dam will be removed, and fish passage will be restored to one mile of the Mill River.
A partnership of conservation organizations, state and federal fisheries and wildlife agencies and local planners have collaborated as the Mill River Restoration Partnership. The partnership’s goal is to remove three dams and construct a fish ladder at a fourth dam—the Morey’s Bridge Dam—along the Mill River. Last year, the Hopewell Mills Dam was removed, and the floodplain was restored. The fish ladder also was constructed at Morey’s Bridge Dam. Ultimately, the project will restore native alewives, blueback herring and American eel to more than 30 miles of habitat in the Mill River, Canoe River, Snake River, Lake Sabbatia and Winnecunnet Pond. The project will also eliminate the public safety threat associated with the aging dams.
CONFIRMED SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
Sen. Marc Pacheco, D-Taunton
Mary Griffin, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game
John Catena, Northeast Regional Supervisor, NOAA Restoration Center, Gloucester, Mass.
Alison Bowden, Massachusetts Freshwater Program Director, The Nature Conservancy
Richard Ferreira, Director of Emergency Management, City of Taunton
Brian Graber, Acting Senior Director, River Restoration Program, American Rivers
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.
The Nature Conservancy
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(401) 272-3540 x 129
Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game