Conditions for resident and migratory fish will hopefully improve in the North River watershed, thanks in part to an infusion of cash by the Greater Boston Chapter of Trout Unlimited (GBTU). The GBTU recently donated $5,000 toward the removal of Tack Factory Pond Dam on Third Herring Brook, a tributary of the North River, which has wild brook trout within its system. Removing the Tack Factory Pond Dam would open up miles of Third Herring Brook to river herring, rainbow smelt and brook trout.
For the herring and smelt, removing the dam will add miles of spawning water. For brook trout, the dam’s removal means being able to access tidal waters for the first time in 200 years. To bring about the dam’s removal, GBTU is joining a broad partnership headed by the North and South River Watershed Association (NSRWA). Already included in the partnership to remove the Tack Factory Pond Dam are the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Restoration Center, the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration (DER), the Southeastern Mass. Chapter of TU, and the dam’s owner, the Cardinal Cushing Centers of Hanover.
View a PDF Map of the Third Herring Brook watershed and its various dams.