This program is the second case study in our 2017 series, Habitat Restoration Challenges. The Industrial Revolution came to the Woonasquatucket River in 1809, and with it came dams to supply water power to mills which sprouted up all along its banks. Life was good in valley, unless you were a fish. Now fish have once again become a common sight in the tidal portions of the Woonasquatucket.
Alicia Lehrer, Executive Director of the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council, will review the work her organization is doing along with the help of National Resource Conservation Service and other partners to provide fish passage at the first five dams on the Woonasquatucket, allowing fish to move up and down this long river. For example, fish such as shad and herring migrate from salt water to fresh to spawn, and eels migrate from fresh to salt to spawn.
On this tour we will start by viewing the work conducted on the first two dams (Rising Sun and the Paragon Dam). Then we will drive to dam # 5 (Manton Dam) to see the progress that has been achieved in the last decade. For further information on these projects go to www.wrwc.org/fishpassage.php
The group will meet at Rising Sun Parking Lot – 166 Valley Street – Providence, RI
Participants: 7 minimum, 20 maximum
Fee: $10.00; $5.00 for members