Restoring the Lower Pawtuxet River. Public Meeting January 29, 2008. Meeting Agenda. 7:10-7:15 Welcome (Bob Nero, Chairman, PRA) 7:15-7:25 River Restoration in R.I. (Dir. Mike Sullivan, DEM) 7:25-7:45 Project Overview (Tom Ardito, NBEP)
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Public MeetingJanuary 29, 2008
7:10-7:15 Welcome (Bob Nero, Chairman, PRA)
7:15-7:25 River Restoration in R.I. (Dir. Mike Sullivan, DEM)
7:25-7:45 Project Overview (Tom Ardito, NBEP)
7:45-8:15 Restoration Alternatives & Recommendations
(Jim MacBroom, MMI)
8:15-8:45 Open Discussion
8:45-9:00 Funding & Next steps (Ardito)
The Pawtuxet River Authority was created by an act of the RI Legislature in 1972.
TITLE 46Waters and Navigation
CHAPTER 46-24Pawtuxet River Authority
§ 46-24-2 Pawtuxet River authority created. – A board to be known as the Pawtuxet River authority is hereby created. The board shall be a body corporate and politic, constituting a public benefit corporation, and shall serve as the governing body of the authority for the purposes of this chapter. The powers of the corporation shall be vested in and exercised by the majority of the members of the board hereby created and in office.
1. Fish passage
at Pawtuxet Falls
2. Canoe launch and nature area at Pocasset
3. Pontiac canoe launch and 48 acre wildlife area
4. Riverwalk at Royal Mills
5. Veterans Square fishing and canoe access
6. Riverwalk & Harris Dam fishing area
Project Partners Legislature in 1972.
Why Restore the Lower Pawtuxet? Legislature in 1972.
R.I. Inland Fisheries Commission, 1869: Legislature in 1972.
“This generation has seen our streams filled with shad and herring…..The principle rivers in the State which were formerly the home of the salmon, shad and herring, are the Blackstone, Pawtuxet and Pawcatuck, and these have become so obstructed with dams, that they no longer offer a passage to their upper waters, which nature prompts the fish to seek at spawning time.”
“Target Species” Legislature in 1972.
River Herring or “Buckies”
Blueback Herring(Alosa aestivalis)
American shad(Alosa sapidissima)
Historic Pawtuxet Falls Legislature in 1972.
Fishing for Buckies, About 1910
1800’s Legislature in 1972.
Many changes over time
CONCRETE Legislature in 1972.
Restoration Process Legislature in 1972.(What We’re Doing)
Scope of Work Legislature in 1972.
Dams Legislature in 1972.
Low OxygenFish Passage Barriers
Restoration Alternatives Legislature in 1972.
STUDY PROCESS Legislature in 1972.
DAM MANAGEMENT ALTERNATIVES
RETAIN DAM AND IMPOUNDMENT
ELIMINATE DAM AND IMPOUNDMENT
PROVIDE FISH PASSAGE
LIMITED FEASIBILITY STUDY
OR LOW RISK
SITE SPECIFIC TOPICS
PUBLIC & REGULATORY
DETAILED FEASIBILITY STUDY
U/S AND D/S IMPACTS
LAND USE / AESTHETICS
For additional information,
James MacBroom, P.E.
726 South Main Street
Cheshire, Connecticut 06410
Telephone (203) 271
EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN
Fax (203) 272
Design Management Alternatives
Engineering Issues Legislature in 1972.
Fish Criteria Legislature in 1972.
Channel Profile Legislature in 1972.
No Action Legislature in 1972.
Full Removal Legislature in 1972.
Existing Conditions Low Tide
Full Removal Low Tide
Partial Removal Legislature in 1972.
Existing Conditions Low Tide
Partial Removal Low Tide
Full Removal with Upstream Ramp Legislature in 1972.
Fish Ladder Legislature in 1972.
Funding & Next Steps Legislature in 1972.
THANK YOU! Legislature in 1972.