Demolition of the Whittenton Dam, photo Mill River Restoration.

Demolition of the Whittenton Dam, photo Mill River Restoration.

Massachusetts’ industrial past left behind fragmented rivers, tattered ecosystems and lifeless mill ponds. And, according to an article on EcoRI.org, putting the ecosystem back together again requires removing dams — lots of them.

The state is, for lack of a better description, constipated. Its 10,000 miles of rivers, streams and brooks are obstructed by nearly 3,000 dams, leaving the state susceptible to flooding, erosion and habitat degradation. But now the state is taking a look at removing dams.

Read more about removing dams in Massachusetts.

 

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