September 18, 2008

Removal of Dam Next Step in Brook Restoration

PLYMOUTH - A restoration project intended to make Red Brook's spawning beds more accessible to fish populations resumes this week with the removal of New Way Dam.

The project began with the removal of Robbins Dike in 2006. It is expected to be completed next summer with the dismantling of two other structures that control water flow and dredging to remove fill from wetlands.

Red Brook, a five-mile stream on the Wareham-Plymouth border, runs from White Island Pond to Buttermilk Bay and is home to eels, river herring and one of Massachusetts' last native sea-run brook trout populations.

The structures have blocked fish from natural spawning sites.

The Trustees of Reservations, which bought the 210-acre Lyman Reserve several years ago, has worked with Trout Unlimited, the Massachusetts Riverways Program, the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and the towns of Plymouth and Wareham to restore the brook.

The work this week also includes planting trees and adding root wads to the stream to improve the habitat, according to a press release from the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

When the roots of a plant or group of plants intermingle, a fine mesh - or wad - is created.

Originally published by Patriot Ledger staff.

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