A dedication for the Hunters Pond Dam removal was held on September 6th at Mordecai Lincoln Road in Scituate. The former dam was a head-of-tide dam on Bound Brook, a tributary to the Gulf River which flows into Cohasset Harbor. Removing the dam opened up 5 miles of river habitat, restored 2.5 acres of wetland, and provided access to 200 acres of spawning habitat for river herring in Lily Pond and Aaron River Reservoir. MassBays has been involved in this project from its inception, along with many federal, state, and local partners including the Town of Scituate, the project lead. The NSRWA hosts the MassBays South Shore Regional Coordinator, Sara P. Grady. Our primary role has been outreach to the community and assistance with grant applications, as well as pre- and post-restoration monitoring. We hope that river herring will return to Bound Brook within the next few years and rejuvenate the population, and we will work with volunteers to watch for their return starting next spring.
To see more photos of the dedication ceremony go to our Facebook page.
To read more about the project go to this article from the Patriot Ledger.