Plymouth, MA 02360
Join the Wildlands Trust for 20 Years of Dam Removal in the Gulf of Maine Region: It All Started in Plymouth, a public talk by Eric Hutchins!
Join Eric Hutchins, Habitat Restoration Specialist for the NOAA Restoration Center, to learn about Town Brook’s history of dam building and removal, the importance of small watershed fish passage projects, and lessons learned from dam removal projects throughout the Gulf of Maine.
Soon after their arrival, the Pilgrims began to build numerous dams on the 1.5-mile long Town Brook. While Town Brook has the infamous distinction of being one of the longest continuously dammed waterways in all of North American, it also has a number of distinctions related to dam removal, stream restoration, and most importantly, restoring fish passage. Efforts to restore Town Brook began 20 years ago to address the series of dams, culminating in the first dam removal in modern history in Massachusetts to restore migratory fish. Over the next following 20 years, a collaboration lead by the Town of Plymouth along with major support from the NOAA Restoration Center and others has resulted in the full removal of 5 dams, and enhancing fish passage at 2 others. The efforts in Town Brook are cited both regionally and nationally as a fish-passage success story.
The World Migratory Fish Day Lecture Series is brought to you by the Town of Plymouth Department of Marine and Environmental Affairs in partnership with Wildlands Trust and Woods Hole Sea Grant. The Town of Plymouth will be celebrating its 400th anniversary in 2020 and stream restoration will be a highlight of the celebrations. In recognition of years of effort, the Town of Plymouth was designated the North American Headquarters for World Fish Migration Day 2020.
No registration is necessary. Seating is first come, first serve. Doors open at 6:00 pm.