U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites public input to environmental assessment for Bradford Dam removal project

USFWS invites public input through March 31, 2017 to environmental assessment for Bradford Dam removal project.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public input as it evaluates the removal of Bradford Dam, located on the border of Westerly and Hopkinton, R.I. The project, which is supported by federal funding for Hurricane Sandy recovery, is scheduled to begin in May.

The work will restore fish passage and natural river flow to 31 miles of the Pawcatuck River and protect communities from risk of flooding and dam failure. The Proposed Action involves dam removal and installation of a rock ramp and grade control structure.

For more details, please see the attached news bulletin. For additional information on the project, visit https://www.fws.gov/hurricane/sandy/projects/CTRIDamRemoval.html

In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act, the Service prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate the impacts of the project on natural and cultural resources and allow the public to review and comment on the project. The EA compares two alternatives: No Action and the Proposed Action described above.

The EA will be available for public review and comment through March 31, 2017. It may be viewed online at: http://www.fws.gov/newengland or http://www.fws.gov/r5snep/index.html. Printed copies are available at the Service’s office at 50 Bend Road, Charlestown, R.I. Comments can be submitted to the Supervisor, New England Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, via mail (70 Commercial Street, Concord, NH 03301), telephone (603-223-2541), or fax (603-223-0104). They may also be emailed to Suzanne_Paton@fws.gov.