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EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc. Supports the Success of the Pawtuxet River Restoration and its Commemoration Celebration in Rhode Island

Hunt Valley, Maryland (28 October 2011)—The Pawtuxet River Authority, Narragansett Bay Estuary Program, and their service partners, including EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc. (EA), recently completed work in demolishing the obsolete Pawtuxet Falls Dam at the mouth of the Pawtuxet River between Cranston and Warwick, Rhode Island. This initiative restored natural flows to the river and provided full and open passage for native migratory fish, for the first time since 1638.

This project restored 7 miles of free-flowing river habitat to one of the state’s largest and most historic rivers, all in an effort to give a variety of fish species better access to preferred spawning areas and reduce flood risks by lowering water levels. The demolition was the largest ecological dam removal project in state history, with funding and technical assistance from more than a dozen federal, state, and private organizations.

EA’s role in this effort was to complete preliminary investigations, regulatory coordination and applications, and provide final design and engineering services. “Removal of this dam allows for the immediate improvement to the ecosystems of the Pawtuxet River watershed and Narragansett Bay by restoring populations of native migratory fish which had been denied access to natural spawning habitat,” said EA Project Manager Sam Whitin.

On Friday morning, 30 September 2011, the community came together to celebrate this achievement at the Pawtuxet River Restoration Commemoration held at the Broad Street Bridge in Pawtuxet Village, overlooking the restored falls. Hosted by the Pawtuxet River Authority and Narragansett Bay Estuary Program, the program featured federal, state, and local officials; environmental leaders; and restoration partners, including Governor Lincoln Chaffee, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, EPA Regional Administrator Curt Spalding, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit, and Executive Director of Save The Bay Jonathan Stone. A reception was held at the Aspray Boat House in Pawtuxet Park, and a group of canoeists and kayakers paddled down the river and into Narragansett Bay—a new “Blueways” water trail made possible by the dam removal.

“We are delighted to participate in this commemoration and to celebrate the key role that our Rhode Island office played in this important initiative” said Michael Battle, EA’s Chief Operating Officer. “Contributing positively to a community-wide ecological restoration effort truly resonates with our staff, and aligns nicely with EAs core purpose of improving the environment, one project at a time.”

Pawtuxet Falls Dam prior to removal.

Pawtuxet Falls Dam prior to removal.
Photograph Courtesy of Pawtuxet River Authority

Pawtuxet Falls Dam during removal operations.

Pawtuxet Falls Dam during removal operations.
Photograph Courtesy of Pawtuxet River Authority

First kayak paddle from the Pawtuxet River to Narragansett Bay in nearly 300 years, after the dam removal was completed.

First kayak paddle from the Pawtuxet River to Narragansett Bay in nearly 300 years, after the dam removal was completed.
Photograph Courtesy of Pawtuxet River Authority

About EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc.

EA provides environmental, compliance, natural resources, and infrastructure engineering and management solutions to a wide range of government and industrial clients. Headquartered in Hunt Valley, Maryland, EA employs more than 400 professionals through a network of 21 offices across the continental United States, as well as Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam. In business for more than 38 years, EA has earned an outstanding reputation for technical expertise, responsive service, and judicious use of client resources. For more information about EA, visit http://www.eaest.com.