Flood Resiliency Management Plan Community Meetings

WPWA is developing a management plan to help communities in the Wood-Pawcatuck watershed become more resilient to the impacts of flooding, while also benefitting water quality, fish and wildlife, and habitat. Your knowledge and suggestions for improving flood resiliency and related issues in the Wood-Pawcatuck are vital to developing a successful watershed plan. WPWA invites you to attend one of the community meetings for municipal staff and the public. They will be held on:

1. Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 10 a.m. to noon at the H.L. Arnold Fire & Safety Complex, 208 Richmond Townhouse Rd, Carolina, RI 02812.
2. Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Westerly Library, Third Floor Terrace Room, 44 Broad St, Westerly, RI 02891. Public parking is available on the street (2 hour intervals) or the lot next to the Post Office located on High Street.

Beaver Dam Removal on the Pawcatuck, September 2016

WPWA cleared obstructions on the Wood and Pawcatuck Rivers this summer to ensure that paddling is as safe and enjoyable as possible. Our focus is on balancing the needs of wildlife with the safety of paddlers. Only enough of fallen trees are removed to allow for safe passage, leaving the rest as habitat for wildlife. This year we also breached a beaver dam on the upper Pawcatuck. There was no water flowing past the dam causing the stretch of river below to disappear. Check out this great film by Ayla Fox on the process of breaching the beaver dam. If you value this type of work, please support us by donating today!

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