For Immediate Release - November 16, 2012

STATE ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE COMPLETION OF PLYMOUTH'S LOWER WELLINGSLEY BROOK RESTORATION

PLYMOUTH – Friday, November 16, 2012 – Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan today announced that contractors are completing restoration of Lower Wellingsley Brook, a small coldwater stream that drains directly into Plymouth Harbor.  

“The completion of this project exemplifies what can be accomplished by federal, state and municipal partnerships,” said Secretary Sullivan. “The result is the improvement of another coastal stream in Plymouth and I want thank town officials, our federal partners and staff from the Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Ecological Restoration for their efforts.”

Officials from the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) partnered with the Town of Plymouth, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and others to remove three small dams, repair stream channel degradation, and improve habitat conditions in the brook, which is also known as Hobshole Brook.

“Our Division of Ecological Restoration and the Town of Plymouth are partners with others on the restoration of Town Brook, Beaver Dam Brook, and the recently completed Eel River Headwaters project, in addition to Wellingsley Brook,” said DFG Commissioner Mary Griffin. “These projects greatly enhance marine and freshwater fisheries and habitat valuable to many wildlife species native to the area.”

David Gould, Director of Marine and Environmental Affairs of the Town of Plymouth, has guided the project from start to finish.

“This is one of the first river restoration projects where we received a citizen petition from 29 local residents in support of the project, not only are we revitalizing the river, we have improved the neighborhood by enhancing water quality,” said Director Gould. 

“This project is one of several that NOAA is supporting in the Plymouth area to restore important habitats for migratory fish in the Gulf of Maine region,” said Buck Sutter, Director of NOAA’s Office of Habitat Conservation. “Through our partnership with the Conservation Law Foundation, we are happy to support projects that recover migratory fish populations that help sustain recreationally and commercially important species.”

DFG’s Division of Fisheries and Wildlife has documented wild brook trout population in this region in addition to other native marine and freshwater fish. In addition to the removal of three small dams, the restoration project included removal of invasive plants in the riparian corridor and replanting with native species, removal of trash, and placement of instream habitat features (i.e. large wood) in a restored main stream channel and floodplain. Total project costs were approximately $90,000. 

“Small streams and brooks play a big part in the overall ecological health of our waterways and general environment,” said Senate President Therese Murray. “I want to congratulate everyone who worked so hard on this project. It’s the latest example of an ongoing commitment, at every level, to revitalize fresh water fisheries and marine habitats, and to improve water quality in our communities.”

“I want to congratulate David Gould who has spearheaded this project from its inception,” said Rep. Viriato Manuel deMacedo. “His commitment to the restoration of a significant costal stream and our environment is unmatched.”

Project partners include the Town of Plymouth; AD Makepeace; NOAA in partnership with Restore America’s Estuaries and the Conservation Law Foundation; DFG’s Divisions of Ecological Restoration, Fisheries and Wildlife, and Marine Fisheries; and American Rivers. Inter-fluve, Inc. was the design engineer and Dandel Construction of Rockland was the contractor.

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is responsible for promoting the conservation and enjoyment of the Commonwealth's natural resources. DFG carries out this mission through land protection and wildlife habitat management, management of inland and marine fish and wildlife species, and ecological restoration of fresh water, salt water, and terrestrial habitats. DFG promotes enjoyment of the Massachusetts environment through outdoor skills workshops, fishing festivals and other educational programs, and by enhancing access to the Commonwealth's rivers, lakes, and coastal waters.

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