Fish Passage to be Improved on Weweantic River, MA

1776 Coastline of Wareham showing the absence of a dam at Horseshoe Pond (TOP LEFT). The 1776 map of Buzzards Bay by Debarre was rubber-sheeted in ArcMap to best match the modern coastline (blue lines). Click map to enlarge.
1776 Coastline of Wareham showing the absence of a dam at Horseshoe Pond (TOP LEFT). The 1776 map of Buzzards Bay by Debarre was rubber-sheeted in ArcMap to best match the modern coastline (blue lines). Click map to enlarge.

The old Horseshoe Mill dam on the Weweantic River [in Wareham, MA] is a picturesque reminder of Wareham’s pre-Revolutionary industrial past—but it’s a problem for the fish.

The Buzzards Bay Coalition, armed with a $45,000 grant to study options, is looking at removing or altering the dam on the land it has owned since 2012. On Tuesday [Dec. 8], a Coalition official explained those options and heard some suggestions from locals.

Sara N. da Silva Quintal said at the meeting the organization will publish the results of the feasibility study for several ideas the Coalition has to restore the area in the spring of 2016.

Coalition Vice President Brendan Annett said at the meeting the organization purchased the land not only to preserve it for Wareham residents and visitors to enjoy, especially in the face of climate change, but specifically to create better environmental conditions that will allow the river’s many species of fish to grow again.

Read more about the Horseshoe Mill Dam in Wareham, MA.