Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) Says
Dams Must Go.
We say NO!
With the elimination of the Caryville Dam on the Charles River in Bellingham several years ago, the mill and the surrounding village structures were permanently altered or eliminated and a vibrant ecosystem at Roaring Brook Pond was completely destroyed, replaced by a narrow, ditch for the Charles River.
The process also eliminated a waterfront or at least a water view that many home owners had long taken for granted.
Now the CRWA wants all dams removed from the Charles (places like Box Pond in Bellingham, Sanford Mill in Medway and South Natick) and even far tributaries like Eagle Brook in Wrentham. This DESTROYS existing ecosystems that have existed for hundreds of years. It is not environmentalism. It is an organization that has grown beyond its original mission and is now a danger. CRWA must be stopped.
>A recent CRWA Presentation on removing Sanford Mill Dam (Youtube)
>Mass Wetlands Protection Law Summary
>Globe article (subscription may be required) on Rhode Islanders who stopped a similar dam destruction effort.
The Meadowlands: Beyond Covid
Several years ago, the Charles River Meadowlands Initiative got started with a series of public meetings and a determination to improve stewardship and public access of the lands along the Charles and its tributaries in Franklin, Bellingham and Medway in or adjacent to the Army Corps of Engineers Natural Valley Storage Area.
We made progress, particularly with special funding provided by the Mass. Legislature through the leadership of Rep. Jeff Roy.
In early 2020, when the result, the Beta consultant report on the feasibility of various stewardship options for the Meadowlands was finally made available, the future looked much brighter.
Covid interrupted this work -- and now an equally serious challenge has emerged with the declaration of war on the Upper Charles by Charles River Watershed Association, which has made it clear they will do everything possible to eliminate all dams on the river, no matter the damage to local ecosystems and human communities.
We will provide information on this site regarding efforts to stop this dangerous initiative
founder and director