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Public meetings for Allen Site Dam rehabilitation project, Walpole, set for Tue. Jan. 14, 2020

Contact:
Diane Petit, Public Affairs Officer
413-253-4371


Allen Site Dam, Walpole

AMHERST, Mass. (Jan. 8, 2020) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS and the Town of Walpole are co-sponsoring two public scoping meetings to discuss the proposed Allen Site Dam rehabilitation project in Walpole, Mass. 

The meetings will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 14th in Room 126 at the Walpole Town Hall, 135 School Street, Walpole, 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 Allen Site 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 Allen Site Dam is a multi-purpose flood control and recreation structure located in the Diamond Brook Watershed in Walpole, which offers flood protection to residents and businesses 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, or would like further information on the meeting, contact Jim Lyons, Civil Engineer, NRCS, at 774-345-7027 or Jim.Lyons@usda.gov.

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.