A bill that would provide funding for the removal and replacement of aging dams across Massachusetts has passed the state legislature and is now awaiting final approval by Governor Deval Patrick. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas reports…
Advocates from a variety of backgrounds including those representing cities and towns, conservationists, and public safety are now awaiting Gov. Patrick’s signature on a bill that would create a special fund to remove, replace, and remediate aging infrastructure from interior to coastal Massachusetts.
Officials with the US fish and Wildlife service, the Massachusetts Dept of Fish and Game, stakeholders, conservationists, and others today came together in Cheshire to celebrate the completion of the Thunder Brook restoration project. Thunder Brook runs down Mount Greylock and feeds into the Hoosic River.
Work began Wednesday in the western Massachusetts town of Pelham to remove a public safety threat and at the same time provide an ecological benefit to the region. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Environmental officials, and others celebrated as work began to remove a stone dam on the Amethyst Brook. It will result in better water quality and open a corridor for the migration of aquatic wildlife, according to Wendi Weber, the northeast regional director for the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service.