On Friday, October 19th, project partners, friends and local officials gathered to celebrate the Mill River, the removal of the Hopewell Mills Dam, and the future of the restored river. Tim Watts gave a fitting tribute to the past and future of this beautiful river, and reminded us of why we were all gathered together. The Wild & Scenic Stewardship Council presented Barney Frank with a National Park Service Wild & Scenic River sign to thank him for his dedication to the Taunton River and local communities. Officials from all of the participating agencies, as well as local legislators and the mayor of Taunton spoke about what the project means for the community.
Special thanks was given to our partners at the Department of Mental Health who have gone above and beyond to see the Hopewell Mills project completed. Special recognition was also given to the Reed and Barton CEO and CFO who have pledged to support the final phase of the project, removal of the West Brittania dam, located on their property.
A tour of the Hopewell Mills project was provided by Nick Nelson from Interfluve, and participants were able to see the newly constructed stream banks, pools, riffles and large woody habitat that will form the structure of the stream. Here are links to media coverage in South Coast Today and the Taunton Gazette.