Some prior and ongoing projects include:
It’s a Riverlution – Get Involved!
The epic clean-up of the Pratt Dam was completed on July 6, 2019 with the help of many volunteers. This was our 18th year doing this project. We began cleaning ‘the tubes’ in 2001 when we saw a need to eliminate the debris to help prevent upstream flooding and to keep the river safe for paddlers. With the help of 10 volunteers in the water, we managed to eliminate the tangled trees and debris. Many thanks to the Valley Boys who were in the water plus Paul, Mike and Francisco who assisted from the bridge.
and watch these videos of the event:
Want to participate in the 2020 Pratt Dam cleanup? Be sure you have submitted the below form and we will get in touch with you as soon as a date has been determined. Don’t miss it!
New England Hydropower Company, LLC (NEHC)
New England Hydropower Company, LLC develops, operates, owns and manages small-scale regional and local renewable hydropower facilities using legacy dams throughout New England and the United States. They provide the renewable energy market with a fresh, environmentally sound, fish and wildlife-safe approach to small-scale hydropower generation. They are seeking to install modern, small-scale “Archimedes Screw Turbine (AST)” renewable hydropower systems at two locations on the Blackstone River.
Based on a centuries old concept, the inherent qualities of Archimedes-based screw generators enable the development of renewable, clean electric power. They turn slowly, about 30 turns per minute. The mass of the water turns the tilted screw. The flow of that mass is controlled by hydraulically driven sluice gates. If fish enter the top of the machine, they simply ride down the screw in a large tub of water and swim out at the bottom, largely undisturbed. Turbulence at the outflow of the screw generator is minimal due to the fact that the water is not accelerated or diverted in these run-of–river generating sites.
A gearbox at the top of the screw drives the generator which produces standard three phase power for either the grid or direct users as state distribution laws allow. The entire facility is linked to an electronic monitoring and control system that runs automatically but communicates to an operator whenever requested. Safety, shutdown and management protocols are strict and efficient.
NEHC stated that typically construction will take four to six months and would occur during a low flow period for the river in June or July through September. Both dams would be worked on simultaneously. The two sites will provide enough electricity to power the equivalent of about 800 homes. The amount of kilowatt hours will be just under 5,000,000 per year.
BRWC/FOB will provide more information as it becomes available.
Scott Brook Project
The Scott Brook Project was a collaboration of three groups: The Blackstone River Watershed Council, The Cumberland Land Trust, and the Cumberland Conservation Commission. Under the authorization of the Town of Cumberland, the project utilized 38 volunteers and over 828 volunteer hours to clean up 81 acres of land formerly used as a pig farm. The area is now part of the Cumberland Land Trust preserve. This report details the work performed, the tons of scrap material recycled, trash collected, and shows before and after photos of different areas of the property.