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Public meeting for Powdermill Brook Dam rehabilitation project set for October 21, 2020

Diane Petit, Public Affairs Officer

Powdermill Brook Dam

AMHERST, Mass., Oct. 7, 2020 – 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 a public meeting on October 21st at 6:00 pm to discuss the proposed rehabilitation alternatives for the Powdermill Brook dam near the City of Westfield, Mass.

This public meeting will be held online. Detailed meeting information, including a link and call-in phone number, will be provided on the Westfield City website at about one week prior to the meeting. The meeting information will be posted to the Community Calendar section of the city’s website.

Staff from these agencies, along with their consultants, will provide information on the dam rehabilitation program, planning activities to date, the various rehabilitation alternatives evaluated, and the Recommended Alternative for rehabilitation of this flood-retarding structure. They will be available to answer questions and concerns about the project and seek public input. Please plan to participate.

The Powdermill Dam provides flood protection to residents of the City of Westfield, Hampden County, and the adjacent downstream floodplain. Local sponsors, NRCS staff, and their consultants are developing a plan for rehabilitating this structure, so it will meet current dam safety regulations and design standards. Alternatives being considered include: no action, decommissioning (dam removal), structural rehabilitation, and nonstructural measures.

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.

For further information on the meeting, contact Mark Cressotti, Westfield City Engineer, at 413-572-6219 or or Albert Giguere, Jr., Westfield Flood Control Commission, at If you require special accommodation in order to participate fully in this online meeting, please contact Mark Cressotti by October 14, 2020.