First Phase of the Sucker Brook Continuity Restoration Project

The first phase of the Sucker Brook Continuity Restoration Project involved the removal of the man-made stone dam at the Keyes Parker Conservation Area in mid October. Removing man-made barriers in streams and rivers is a nature-based solution for stream restoration. With barriers removed, the stream reverts back to a time before the barrier existed. With the removal of the dam, water levels in the impoundment were naturally lowered and the formation of a new stream channel became visible.  We expect to witness new growth adjacent to the stream channel in the Spring from the seed bed present in the sediment and soil.

Pre-dam Removal

p1 sucker brook phase 1

Post-dam Removal October 2021

p2 Post-dam Removal

Spring 2022

Spring 2022 Dam Restored