Third Pawcatuck River Dam to be Removed

Third Pawcatuck River Dam to be Removed
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The Day reports that the Nature Conservancy, in partnership with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, has secured a $2.3 million federal grant to remove the aging White Rock Dam on the Pawcatuck River, which flows between Rhode Island and Connecticut. It would be the third such project on the river in recent years.

The grant is part of Hurricane Sandy relief funds being directed to projects that will make communities more able to handle future storms and floods. Removal of the dam will allow fish to reach upstream spawning and nursery areas.

Plans are for the dam removal project to begin in July 2015, with work completed by the fall. Final restoration of the site is scheduled to take place in the spring of 2016.

Read more about the plans to remove the White Rock Dam on the Pawcatuck River.

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