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The Ecological Restoration Department is a leader in dam removal across the Commonwealth

Dams can be found on almost every river in Bay State. Some are huge and serve the needs of millions while others are crumbling.



>> YOU CAN FIND IT ON EVERY RIVER IN THE BAY STATE. SOME ARE QTEUI BEAUTIFUL. OTHER, LESS. YOU HAVE YOUR DETECTORS. >> NOBODY WANTS TO OWN AAM D. >> AND YOUR DEFENSES. A WFE ARE ENORMOUS AND SERVE THE NEEDS OF MILLIONS. OTHERS ROAR IN THE FOREST, MONUMENTAL FAILURES. >> IT DOESN’T WORK. >> MASSACHUSETTS IS DAMNED. THERE ARE 3000 IN OUR RIVERS, BUT MOST ARE NO LONGER SERVING A PURPOSE. THERE ARE INTERRUPTING ECOSYSTEMS, BLOCKING THE FISH PASSAGE, TURNING LIVING LIVING RIVERS INTO STANDING POND. HOW THE CLIMATE CHAENG BRINGS BIGGER, MORE FREQUENT STORMS – >> TWO Catastrophic MDA Falls. >> MANY OLDER DAMS ARE A DISASTER WAITING FOR. MANY WONDER WHAT IS THE MDA STORY? >> THIS IS THE CHRONICLE ON WCVB CHANNEL 5. >> THE DAYS ARE NUMBERED FOR ARMSTRONG MDA IN BRAINTREE, ONCE THE POWER SOURCE FOR NUMEROUS COMPANIES ON THE WEBSITE FROM AN IRON FOUNDRY IN THE 17TH CENTURY. THE DAM IS OUT OF THE COMMISSION AND AS ONE OF THE DANGEROUS DOCUMENTS. >> IF A DAM WOULD BLOW OUT WEER DURING A STORM, A WLAL OF WERAT WOULD BE RELEASED THAT COULD LEAD A LOT OF DESTRUCTION IN SUPPORT. >> BETH LAMBERT HEADS THE ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION DEPARTMENT AND IS AT THE STORAGE DAM DISTANCE. >> WITH CLIMATE CHANGE WE SEE MORE FREQUENT AND LARGER storms. THESE DAMS BECOME A DANGER TO PUBLIC SAFETY. >> THE REMOVAL OF TH AERMSTRONG MDA WILL OPEN 36 MILES OF THE RIVER WHICH GROWS HERRING AND EEL FOR THE FIRST PART IN HUNDREDS OF YEARS. >> WHEN YOU REMOVE A DAM IT IS AMAZING WHAT THEY APPEAR. IT IS ACTUALLY A REMARKABLE THING TO SEE THE BIRTH OF A RIVER IN ESSENTIAL PRESENT. >> GOVERNOR CHARLIE BAKER HAS BECOME A CENTER OF EFFORTS TO SERVE THE CLIMATE RESILIENCE. ABOUT 60 DSAM HAVE BEEN PULLED OUT. >> WE HAVE 30 DAM REMOVAL AND PLANNING. WE CANNOT MEET DEMAND. THERE’S A LOT OF INTEREST. >> MAY NOT SO MUCH IN WRENTHAM. >> I’M HERE 45 YEARS AND ALMT EVERY DAY, OS WE SAY WE LIVE IN HEAVEN. IT’S A NICE SPOT. >> BOB AND PAM’S DREAM HOUSE IS LOCATED ABOVE THE OLD MILL POND. >> WE ARE LIFTING A NICE DOCK. WE HAVE CAMPFIRES IN SUMMER. >> THE SMALLAM D AM EAGLE BROOK, THAT CREATES THE POND, IS ENCHANTED. AN OUTDESI ENGINEERING GROUP RECOMMENDED YOUR REMOVAL. THAT WOULD EMPTY THE POND AND KEEP NEIGHBORS HIGH AND DRY. >> IN MY OPINION IT WILL BE A MARSHY CROWD. >> THEY POINT OUT THAT REDAM D, WITH ITS MANY PUBLIC HOUSES – ITS MANY HOUSES AND PUBLIC BEACHES – IS A HUNDRED YARD AWAY. >> WHERE ARE YOU AT? IT IS A DAM 800 FEET DISTANCE. DO YOU HAVE THAT OUT? DO YOU TAKE OUT EACH ALL D? >> WE BELIEVE IT SHOULD WORK. >> ROBERT IS WITH THE CHAESRL RIVER WATSHEDER ASSOCIATION LISTED BY THE CITY OF WRENTHAM TO REMOVE THE IDEA OF REMOVING EAGLE MDA. >> THERE IS A CONSIDERABLE RISK OF DAM FAILURE. IT BREAKS UP. ETH STATE ROAD IS REALLY DOWNSTREAM. >> I DON’T UNDERSTAND THE LOGIC BEHIND THIS. >> JOEL DOESN’T LIVE AT THE OLD MÜHLTEICH, BUT HE WOULD LIKE IT TO BE HERE. HE THINKS THE IDEA OF PRESERVING EAGLE BROOK TO A PRE-COLONIAL STATE ISN’T SENSE IN THE 21ST CENTURY. >> THE WATERSHED, TH WEYANT BACK TO 400 YEARS AGO AND TAKE OUTAMS D. OPEN IF YOU LOOK AT THAT EAR AND THE WILDLIFE AND THE RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES, LEAVE IT. IT DOESN’T TOUCH. >> NO CHRISTIAN – NO QUESTION ANTIAM-D OF THE ETH WATERSHED ASSOCIATION. YOU WANT TO SEE WATERTOWN MDA FROM THE DISTANCE. THIS DAM IS VALID FOR REMOVAL. >> THE CLUB WANTS TO REMOVE DSAM AND RESTORE THE RIVER FOR PEOPLE AND WILDLIFE. >> THE STATE WILL SUBSCRIBE FREQUENTLY, THAT WILL HELP WITH THE EXPANSION COSTS. IN WRENTHAM, IF THE STATE WERE MONITORING HIM REPAIRS, THE LESEXS WOULD BE PENSEIV AND HABITAT PRESERVATION. >> SINCE WE FIRST REPORTED THIS, THE STATE HAS REMOVED ANOTHER DAM AND EXPECTED TO BE REMOVED ANOTHER.

The Ecological Restoration Department is a leader in dam removal across the Commonwealth

Dams can be found on almost every river in Bay State. Some are huge and serve the needs of millions while others are crumbling.

Massachusetts is serious about removing obsolete and dangerous dams. The Department of Ecological Restoration, part of the state’s Department of Fish and Game, is in charge. Charles River Watershed is committed to restoring the Charles River and others, opening up habitats, and creating climate resilience.

Massachusetts is serious about removing obsolete and dangerous dams. The Department of Ecological Restoration, part of the state’s Department of Fish and Game, is leading the prosecution.

Charles River Watershed is committed to restoring the Charles River and others, opening up habitats, and creating climate resilience.


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