Plans Made to Remove Third Pawcatuck River Dam

Plans Made to Remove Third Pawcatuck River Dam
Pawcatuck River looking south, with Westerly, RI buildings in view. Photo/Wikipedia (Sept. 2010)

ecoRO.org: Work has begun on a plan to remove the White Rock Dam [in Westerly, RI]. A contract was awarded Sept. 25 to the Providence-based engineering firm Fuss & O’Neill to first study and then draft plans for the removal of the circa 1940 concrete structure.

It would be the third dam on the Pawcatuck River earmarked either for removal or modification. The effort is designed to improve fish passage on the 20-plus-mile waterway that stretches from Worden’s Pond in South Kingstown to Little Narragansett Bay. About 15 miles upstream, the Kenyon Dam and Lower Shannock Falls Dam have been removed, while a fish ladder was built at historic Horseshoe Falls.

A total of $1.9 million in federal Hurricane Sandy funds is available for the White Rock project, according to Scott Comings, director of land and freshwater in the Rhode Island office of The Nature Conservancy.

Read more about the plans to remove the White River Dam in Westerly, RI.