In Plymouth, federal, state and local officials gather at Off Billington Street, Town Brook, to celebrate restoring its fisheries by removing a dam at the site.
David Gould is the town’s Director of Marine and Environmental Affairs. He says removal of the dam comes with many benefits: “…benefits of a restored herring run which is going to be used, but also has a lot of benefits to infrastructure. These folks drive over this dam to their homes, so they’re going to have a new state bridge, they’re going to have new water and sewer utilities—a site that’s cleaned of all the contaminated sediment and in the springtime a herring run where the fish will actually get through this dam. In years past, we’ve had thousands of fish back up at this site.”
John Catena is the North East Regional Supervisor for NOAA Restoration Center: “This is the culmination of a number of years of work to try to get fish from the ocean–alewives and blue back herring from the ocean—to spawning off into the Off Billington Sea.” The project partners have been working with the town for over a decade on Town Brook. They include: NOAA, US Fish and Wildlife Service, the State Division of Ecological Restoration and Marine Fisheries.