MA Dam Removal Opens Cold-Water Habitat

Bartlett Pond Dam, Wekepeke Brook, Lancaster MA prior to removal. Photo MA Division of Ecological Restoration.
Bartlett Pond Dam, Wekepeke Brook, Lancaster MA prior to removal. Photo MA Division of Ecological Restoration.

EcoRI.org: Late last month, the Bartlett Pond Dam [in Lancaster, Massachusetts], an 84-foot-long structure that was in disrepair and classified as a “significant hazard” on Wekepeke Brook, a tributary of the North Nashua River, was removed.

The Bartlett Pond dam removal was the first in Massachusetts to be completed using money from the Dam and Seawall Bill, a fund set up by the [state legislature] to remove or repair dams and seawalls. The fund addresses the growing need to repair dams, coastal flood-control structures and inland flood-control structures that pose a risk to public health, public safety and key economic centers, according to state officials.

Read more about the removal of the Bartlett Pond Dam.