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News Removal of the Carver Cotton Gin Dam on the Satucket River Begins

  • Division of Ecological Restoration
The Carver Cotton Gin Dam in East Bridgewater. Photo Courtesy of Jim Turek, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Removal is underway of the Carver Cotton Gin Dam on the Satucket River in East Bridgewater.  DER, The Nature Conservancy, NOAA Restoration Center, the US Fish & Wildlife Service and other partners began working on this project in 2014 but it has been in the planning stages since the early 2000s. The Project Team selected SumCo Eco-Contracting in July as the preferred contractor.  Construction commenced in August 2017 and is expected to be complete by December. The dam removal will restore access to 13 miles of river corridor and 652 acres of river herring spawning habitat. Project funders for construction include the National Fish and Wildlife (NFWF) Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resilience Grant Program, the NOAA Restoration Center, the Massachusetts Dam and Seawall Repair or Removal Program, and the Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership. The dam was previously rated as a “Significant Hazard” dam in “Unsafe” condition by the Massachusetts Office of Dam Safety and its failure would have jeopardized the upstream Route 106 bridge.

Division of Ecological Restoration 

DER restores and protects rivers, wetlands, and watersheds in Massachusetts for the benefit of people and the environment.