Public Information Meeting to be Held on January 26 Concerning Green River Restoration Project
Dam removal will improve public safety and expand recreationJanuary 21st, 2010
<P>Amy Singler, American Rivers, 413-584-2183<BR>Caitlin Jennings, American Rivers, 202-243-7023<BR>Andrea Donlon, Connecticut River Watershed Council, 413-772-2020 x. 205<BR>Eric Twarog, Town of Greenfield, 413-772-1548 x132</P>
Greenfield, MA – On Tuesday, January 26, at 7:00 PM at the Greenfield High School (1 Lenox St.) the public is invited to learn more about the restoration project on the Green River and offer comments on the preliminary designs and historic issues.
The project will involve removing two dams owned by the Town of Greenfield: the Wiley & Russell dam at Meridian Street and the Mill Street dam. Without removal, both dams would require high cost maintenance. Additionally, the Wiley & Russell dam is a safety hazard that if left in place would require more than $500,000 in repairs to bring it up to state safety standards.
Removal of the two lower dams will expand opportunities for people to enjoy the river through trout fishing and canoeing/kayaking during higher water times of year. This project, which is part of a larger Green River Ecosystem Restoration Project, will also open up 2.5 miles of upstream habitat for migratory fish.
The Town of Greenfield is working closely with the Connecticut River Watershed Council, American Rivers and several local, state and federal partners to advance the project.
This project has received funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Open Rivers Initiative, FishAmerica Foundation, American Sportfishing Association, Massachusetts Environmental Trust, the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and Coastal Program, the Franklin Fund of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, The Nature Conservancy, and American Rivers through the national partnership between American Rivers and NOAA Community-based Restoration Program. The project is also supported by the Town of Greenfield, Connecticut River Watershed Council, Deerfield River Watershed Association, and the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration (Dept. of Fish and Game).