6:19 am
Mon September 13, 2010

Dropping water levels to help the fish

Providence, R.I. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is lowering water levels at the Turner Reservoir Dam so construction crews can start building a passage for fish.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will take about three weeks to lower water levels at the dam by 42-inches.

Once lowered, construction can begin on fish passage facilities along the lower Ten Mile River at Omega Pond Dam, Hunts Mill Dam and Turner Reservoir Dam.

The Corps says dams have blocked fish such as the blueback herring and American shad from their historic spawning grounds for more than two centuries. Once complete, the fish passages will restore fish populations to the lower Ten Mile River up to the Golf Club Dam in Pawtucket.