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The Off-Billington Street dam was removed in 2013 and replaced with a bridge allowing water and fish passage.
Credit: Eric Derleth/USFWS

Celebration marks return of river herring to historic Town Brook

Federal, state and local government leaders, representatives of the Wampanoag Nation, members of the Massachusetts state Congress, representatives of environmental and business communities and the public gathered Friday in Plymouth, Massachusetts, to celebrate the homecoming of thousands of river herring to Town Brook and the removal of another major barrier to their safe passage on this historic waterway. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, through the Partners for Fish and Wildlife and National Fish Passage programs, has dedicated $120,000 and technical assistance to the removal of Off-Billington Street dam and upcoming removal of Plymco dam just upstream. The project seeks to comprehensively restore the brook, a system that now supports 150,000 river herring and once sustained a spawning run of up to one million river herring.

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Published on: Monday, April 28,2014

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