A Thanksgiving Dam Removal


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Most of us know the story of the Pilgrims landing in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Like many children growing up in Massachusetts, I visited Plimoth Plantation with my elementary school.

But on those trips to Plymouth, we never stopped at Town Brook, which played a role in the Pilgrim’s choice of landing, nor did we learn about the importance of river herring to the Pilgrims and to the Native Americans for generations before that.

Given the work I do, today when I think of Plymouth, I think of Town Brook and river herring. And what better time of year to celebrate the restoration of the fresh water source for the Pilgrims than November.

I was lucky last week to join with local, state and federal partners to celebrate the removal of the Off-Billington Street Dam on Town Brook. The dam is the third dam to be removed on the brook, which until 10 years ago, had 6 dams on it. The Town of Plymouth is also completing design plans for the next dam, Plymco Dam, which is the most upstream dam on the brook. Partners hope to remove the Plymco Dam next year. What a great way to experience “living history” by seeing the continued restoration of river herring to Town Brook.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving. And if you are ever in Plymouth, be sure to make time to walk the 1.5 mile path along Town Brook and see the restored river, just steps from Plymouth Rock.