RAD is a conservation blog that focuses on the health of our coastal rivers and streams and their fisheries. One hope for this blog is that it will generate dialogue about the impacts of dams on our watersheds. There are more than 3000 dams in Massachusetts and the majority of these dams long ago ceased to serve any function.
My home watersheds, the North and South Rivers are clogged by 65 dams that are relics of a bygone era. They were built to power mills and factories that were long ago abandoned by the men who built them. The legacy that the dam builders have passed down to us, streams damaged by thermal pollution and fragmented habitat, has wreaked havoc on cold water and diadromous fisheries. We can rise up and free our streams. Rage against the dams.