Greenfield, MA, Dam Will Stay

he [Greenfield, MA] mayor and local historians say they are thrilled that it looks like the Wiley & Russell Dam on Deerfield Street [in Greenfield, MA] may be repaired and restored instead of removed, but the Connecticut River Watershed Council is disappointed that its years of work and thousands of dollars spent to remove it and restore the river may have been in vain.
Wiley and Russell Dam, Photo/Museum of our Industrial Heritage.

The Recorder: The [Greenfield, MA] mayor and local historians say they are thrilled that it looks like the Wiley & Russell Dam on Deerfield Street [in Greenfield, MA] may be repaired and restored instead of removed, but the Connecticut River Watershed Council is disappointed that its years of work and thousands of dollars spent to remove it and restore the river may have been in vain.

SAT map of location.
SAT map of location.

“We raised hundreds of thousands of dollars and managed the project with our other partners, only to have the mayor suddenly reverse the decision to remove the dam last year, just as we were poised for removal and after years of public meetings,” said Andrea Donlon, river steward for the local watershed council. “The mayor’s decision has meant that these federal, state and private funds have been wasted.”

Read more about the decision to restore the Wiley & Russell Dam in Greenfield, MA.