Environment Council of Rhode Island

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Dam Removal, Lower Shannock Falls

The first dam removal on the Pawcatuck River. The removal will allow passage for migratory herring species — a significant benefit to commercial fishermen and sea food lovers. In the planning phase many additional benefits were developed. The dam locale was the site a fierce fight between the Narragansetts and the Pequots. Tribe representatives were consulted. Their interest in preserving the site will be acted upon. With the new free flow of the river, improved water quality is reviving interest in recreational fishing; improved launching sites draws paddlers. The revitalization of Historic Shamrock Village is notable while the town of Richmond is also developing a public park and river access on the site of a former textile mill associated with the dam.

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John H. Chafee Outstanding Conservation Project/Program
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