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Public meetings for Powdermill Brook Dam rehabilitation project, Westfield, set for Nov. 13, 2019

Diane Petit

Powdermill Brook Dam

Public meetings for Powdermill Brook Dam rehabilitation project set for Nov. 13, 2019

AMHERST, Mass. (Nov. 6, 2019) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the City of Westfield, and the Hampden Hampshire Conservation District are co-sponsoring two public scoping meetings to discuss the proposed Powdermill Brook Dam rehabilitation project near the City of Westfield, Mass. 

The meetings will be held on Wed., Nov. 13, 2019 in the City Council Chambers at the Westfield City Hall, 59 Court Street, Westfield, Mass.  An afternoon meeting will be held at 3:00 pm for agencies, organizations, and watershed associations but it is also open to the public. An evening meeting will be held at 6:30 pm for the general public.  

Staff from the federal and local agencies, along with their consultants, will provide information on the dam rehabilitation program and planning activities to-date for Powdermill Brook Dam. They will also describe rehabilitation alternatives being considered for this floodwater retarding structure, answer questions, address concerns and seek public input about the planned rehabilitation work.

The Powdermill Brook Dam offers flood protection to Hampden County and City of Westfield residents located downstream.  Local sponsors, NRCS staff, and their consultants are developing a plan to rehabilitate this structure to meet current dam safety regulations and design standards. Alternatives being considered include decommissioning (dam removal), structural rehabilitation, nonstructural measures, and no action.

Planning is scheduled to be completed by December 31, 2020. Federal funding has been received to assist the local sponsors in developing the plan but has not yet been secured for the design or construction of this project.     

NRCS provides reasonable accommodations to enable all persons with disabilities to participate in agency programs and activities. If you require special accommodations, please contact Jim Lyons by November 6, 2019. For further information on the meeting, contact Jim Lyons, Civil Engineer, NRCS, at 774-345-7027 or

NRCS is a federal agency that works hand-in-hand with conservation districts and the people of Massachusetts to improve and protect soil, water and other natural resources.