High Street Dam Removal in the Taunton River Watershed
The High Street Dam is the most-downstream barrier to diadromous fish passage on the Town/Taunton River system in southeast Massachusetts, with otherwise open passage to Narragansett Bay and the ocean. The dam is an aging and obsolete structure structure
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Learn more about structure that poses a risk to public safety. This project will remove the High Street dam and restore the river banks. Removal of the dam will reconnect 10 miles of river for the benefit of alewife, blueback herring, American eel, sea lamprey, and American shad, and open access to 354 acres of spawning habitat for river herring at Lake Nippenicket.
The National Fish Passage Program combines technical expertise with a track record of success.
Implemented primarily through the Service's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Offices, the National Fish Passage Program provides financial and technical assistance to partners across the country. Since 1999, the program has worked with over 2,000 local communities, Tribes, and private landowners to remove or bypass over 3,400 barriers to fish passage and reopen access to over 61,000 miles of upstream habitat for fish and other animals. Staff have expertise in fish migration and biology as well as financial, engineering, and planning assistance to communities, Tribes, and landowners to help them remove barriers and restore rivers for the benefit both fish and people.
Fish passage project proposals can be initiated by any individual, organization, government, or agency. However, proposals must be submitted and completed in cooperation with a Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office. (Please note that fish passage projects being used for federal or state compensatory mitigation or required by existing federal or state regulatory programs are not eligible for funding through the National Fish Passage Program.)
CONTACT A FISH PASSAGE COORDINATOR IN YOUR AREA TO GET STARTED.