RI’s Pawtuxet River Dam Removed

Photo courtesy Save the Bay.

All last week (August 8-12), people stopped to watch the deconstruction of the 150’ Pawtuxet River dam between the Rhode Island towns of Cranston and Warwick.

Photo courtesy Save the Bay.

The $600,000 project involves the efforts of the Pawtuxet River Authority, the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program and other partners. Removal of the dam’s center section of the dam allowed water to flow over the natural bedrock falls for the first time in nearly 200 years.

According to Save The Bay, removing the obsolete dam will restore vital connectivity between Narragansett Bay and the streams and ponds of the Pawtuxet River. As a result, schools of herring and shad will be able to reach their spawning grounds.

To read more on the dam removal:

ProJo.com

View photos of the dam removal:

Facebook Photo Album: Pawtuxet Dam Removal – August 2011

You can view video and stay up to date on the process:

Pawtuxet Falls Dam Removal BLOG.

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