Rochester, MA, Dam Removal Appealed
September 13, 2011
Sippican Week: Several appeals were filed on September 1 against the Coalition for Buzzards Bay over its stated intent for the Hathaway Pond dam and the pond’s now-reduced water level.
The Coalition for Buzzards Bay recently purchased the land on which the Hathaway Pond dam sits and intends to remove the 200-year-old dam in order to restore the Sippican River to its original form and appearance. The coalition’s plan has drawn the ire of local cranberry growers and local residents.
The dam has been declared unsafe by the Office of Dam Safety and the Coalition, as owner, is required to either bring the dam into working order or remove it entirely.