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A homecoming 200 years in the making – migratory fish return to the Shawsheen River after dam removals make way.

It’s no nirvana, but this dam’s removal will allow more fish in the Pawcatuck River to migrate to their spawning grounds. The project to remove and replace the dam, overseen by The Nature Conservancy, highlights the Fish and Wildlife Service’s commitment to restoring open waterways throughout the region.

Rhode Island’s rivers, which have been used and abused in the past, are gaining new life as dams are removed and disposal practices change. This is good news for wildlife and people alike.