Building a Stronger Coast
Dam Removal on Shawsheen River Is Win-Win

Workers restore the riverbank after removing the Marland Place Dam on the Shawsheen River in Andover, Mass. Credit: Greensmith PR

March 15, 2017 - The recent removal of the Marland Place Dam on the Shawsheen River in Andover, Mass., has re-opened the waterway to fish migrating upstream and increased safety for people living downstream. The project was supported by federal funding for Hurricane Sandy recovery.

According to Service Biologist Bill Bennett, “Dam removal is a preventative measure that will improve safety as well as water quality and fish passage – it’s a win-win situation.”

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Workers restore the riverbank after removing the Marland Place Dam on the Shawsheen River in Andover, Mass.
Credit: Greensmith PR


People Behind a Stronger Coast: Nancy Pau and Susan Adamowicz

Susan Adamowicz, Ph.D., examines Spartina patens, which dominates healthy high salt marsh habitat. Credit: Steve Droter

March 15, 2017 - Biologists Susan Adamowicz, Ph.D., and Nancy Pau are leading efforts to remove invasive species and restore high salt marsh habitat at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Working with the local community, they are making the shoreline more resilient to storms and sea-level rise, which benefits wildlife and people.

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Susan Adamowicz, Ph.D., examines Spartina patens, which dominates healthy high salt marsh habitat.
Credit: Steve Droter


Highlights from America's Biggest Conference on Coastal Restoration

Aerial view of Long Island National Wildlife Refuge.

February 14, 2017 - There’s nothing a scientist likes more than sharing information – seeing the latest developments and getting feedback on their own work. And the recent Restoring America’s Estuaries Summit delivered just that.

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Aerial view of Long Island National Wildlife Refuge.
Credit: USFWS


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Last updated: December 12, 2016