Fuss and O'Neill, Inc. would like to congratulate the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association for being one of the 2011 recipients of the Outstanding Conservation Project for the Environmental Council of Rhode Island’s Senator John H. Chafee Conservation Leadership Awards.
Fuss and O'Neill is proud to be the prime consultant engineer responsible for design, permitting and construction oversight for WPWA’s community efforts to complete the first dam removal on the Pawcatuck River. The removal of this dam in 2010 will open passage for migratory herring species, providing a significant benefit to recreational and commercial fishermen, and all those whose livelihoods depend on healthy commercial fisheries.
Through the planning for this project, many additional benefits were developed to enhance the value and recognition of this site within the community as a culturally and historically significant site to Native American tribal communities. With the new free flow of the river, improved water quality is reviving interest in recreational fishing and improved boat launching facilities in development will provide many benefits to recreational boaters from throughout Rhode Island.
We are pleased to be part of a WPWA’s team in completing this project, as part of the revitalization of this notable historic district in Richmond, setting the stage for our team’s continuing work to assist the Town in developing a public park at a former textile mill brownfield site adjacent to the former dam.
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You can also see photographs from this project and learn more about WPWA visit: http://wpwa.org/shannock.htm
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