Old Mill Pond Dam Removal

Bellingham, MA

Old Mill Pond Dam Removal

Bellingham, MA
  • Phase II Dam Evaluation
  • Alternatives Analysis
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Sediment Evaluation & Management
  • Dam Removal Permitting
  • Dam Removal Design
  • Construction-phase services

Pare Corporation was retained by the Town of Bellingham to complete a Phase II Evaluation of the Old Mill Pond Dam. The evaluation identified several remedial measures required to bring the dam into compliance with current dam safety regulations. Given the extent of required repairs, Pare also included dam removal as an alternative approach. The Town selected dam removal and Pare completed a preliminary feasibility study to assess hydraulic impacts associated with dam removal and potential implications of the volume and character of sediment within the impoundment.

Working closely with the Town and the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration, Pare developed a sediment management plan that selectively removed and relocated areas of moderate contamination from the river channel. Pare completed the design and permitting for the complete removal of the dam, relocation of sediments, and restoration of the former stream channel.

During the course of the evaluation program, Pare worked with the Town to apply for and receive assistance through the DER Priority Project Program as well as the MA EEA Dam and Seawall Repair or Removal fund.

Pare also provided construction administration services.