This two part EBC Dam Removal briefing which will be provided by Massachusetts officials from Fish and Game and from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental will first focus on a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Coastal Resilience Grant funded by the U.S. Department of Interior, that will involve the removal of ten high risk fish barriers that cause flood damage within nine Massachusetts communities. A list of the projects funded under the Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program can be found here. This Fish and Game project will increase flood resiliency, open 189 river miles for fish, and restore 90 acres of wetlands. This project will also identify, and develop concept plans for ten additional high priority barriers.
For the second part of the EBC program, John Clarkeson from the Mass Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs will provide an update on Massachusetts Dam and Seawall response to concerns about some 3,000 dams in Massachusetts, most of which are in poor condition and some of which pose a threat to public safety. The dams also affect aquatic health by blocking fish passage, slowing stream flow, raising the temperature of water, and holding back contaminants, according to the Division of Ecological Restoration.
State officials estimate that 85 percent of the state’s dams no longer serve their original purpose. Removing unsafe and obsolete dams rids their owners of liability as well as insurance and maintenance costs, while reducing risks to public safety from flooding and enabling freshwater wildlife and plants to thrive.
- John Clarkeson, Fund Director, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
- Beth Lambert, Aquatic Habitat Restoration Program Manager, Division of Ecological Restoration, MA Department of Fish and Game
There is no charge to attend EBC Committee Meetings. Please register in advance.
Networking: 3:30 p.m.
Briefing: 4:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m.
Find out more about the EBC Dam Management Committee.