Cops & Coffee, Saturday, 8:30 - 10:30AM @ Jasper Hill Cafe
The Flu Clinic is this Saturday, Oct 22 from 9 to Noon at Placentino.Free
Holliston Mills Open Studios, October 22 and 23, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Water ban extended until October 31st

Dams, Dams and Dams

by Bill Tobin
February 12, 2013

The Conservation Commission met on Tuesday, February 12 ...

... and dams, man-and beaver-made. were topics of discussion.

The Conservation Commission addressed the dam  issue

L-R Chuck Katuska, Sherie O"Brien, Chris Bajduk, Ann Marie Pilch, Allen Rutberg, Rebecca Weisman, James McGrath, Richard Maccagnano.

The water levels in the  Winthrop Canal are at an all time high, approaching emergency status, and that is now, before substanial rain or melting snow, concerns and complaints are frequently expressed by abuttors and neighbors of the canal to town officials.  The Highway Department has requested permission to lower the levels of the several beaver constructed dams in case of emergency. The commission agreed that the HWD could act accordingly.

Nat Simkins of Arch Street and Janice Miller of Winthrop Street described in detail the activity of the beavers in constructing the dams and problems they create. When the height of the dams are reduced, it is only a temporary solution as these active beavers will simply reconstruct. It is a major complex problem that must be addressed. Another concern is the high water level in the culverts and the beaver activity within the culverts. This should also be addressed.  

The large scale project on the Winthrop Canal must consider historic restoration, emergency management and may qualify for Federal funds. This project is more than just contolling beavers.


Karen Fung, the official Dam Safety Officer, requested the removal of trees within 10 feet of the Houghton Pond Dam, Lake Winthrop Dam and Factory Pond Dam, and 15 feet of the Weston Pond Dam. As trees may blow over and pull up the earthen embankment with the overturned root balls, it is desirable to remove them from the dam areas. In addition, growing roots may displace, compact, or otherwise harm the earth and stone materials of the dam.

Linden Pond is non-jurisdictional, but it is recommended that trees be removed within the 10 foot dam area.

The board of Conservation Commissioners agreed with this proposal.


Posted in Green.

E-mail This Article

Comments (8)

We are going to get the canal issue on the schedule for the next Board of health meeting so keep reading the Holliston Reporter for more details maybe we can do a volunteer cleanup with the blessing of the variouse town boards.

- nat Simkins | 2/19/13 2:25 PM

Let me know come spring

- Andrew Mades | 2/16/13 5:49 PM

Trust me Andrew it is an issue but this is some hard core New England swamp. The East side is all wetlands. Would love to get some volunteers together to do this bring waders chainsaws and chains to drag out the trees should be fun.

- Nat Simkins | 2/14/13 2:34 PM

If it really is an issue we should get a group together to clean up the banks. Like how the conservation commission gets volunteers?

- Andrew Mades | 2/14/13 9:35 AM

1st great picture you caught me dozing. 2nd I have lived at 32 Arch for 31 years and only 1 time has the state mosquito control cleaned the banks of debris. This is a town wide issue EEE and West Nile virus were only a town away last summer. The beavers are headed downtown if you have a willow or other soft tree look out.

- Nat Simkins | 2/13/13 11:47 AM

Please tell us more about the Winthrop Canal.

- Jennifer Deland | 2/13/13 10:21 AM


- pub | 2/13/13 8:45 AM

The Winthrop Canal is the stream that goes through mudvill and under Central street right?

- Andrew Mades | 2/13/13 7:25 AM



Recent Articles by Bill Tobin:

Special Town Meeting, Monday-OCT 24th

Monday, October 24th is a special day, as it is the date of the SPECIAL TOWN MEETING, with 10 articles on the warrant. Your vote is important.

Continue ...

Selectmen Met on October 12th

The selectmen approved the current warrant, accepted resignation and appointed committee members,reviewed recent updates of the Economic Development Committee, discussed the 8 arch bridge issues and other routine business.


Continue ...

HHS 2017 Senior Auction

Monday, October 10th, Columbus Day Holiday was a great day for the Holliston High Class 2017 annual auction day, almost a sell out.

Continue ...

Sen. Spilka Visits the Lancers

The National Lancers of Framingham invited Senator Karen Spilka to thank her for her state support and to meet the Lancers, give her a tour of their facilities, observe a drill, and enjoy a horse ride.

Continue ...

Tim's Trot 2016

The sixth annual Tim's Trot Road Race to support the Timothy O'Connell Foundation was a great success on Saturday, October 1st, in spite of the misty weather. This 1.9 mile race/walk had more than 800 registered participants.

Continue ...


Recent Articles in Green:

Have You Visited the Rail Trail Lately?

by Ed Daniels

The supportive neighbors at Lista International Corp have donated an amazing raffle prize!


Continue ...

Downtown Corridor Planning Taking Shape

by Bobby Blair


Continue ...

HIB Finishes Senior Center Beautification

by Cherry Fenton

It took five hours with about twenty volunteers. Shrubs, perennial flowers, and bark mulch were donated by Ahronian Landscaping. Holliston In Bloom bought Mums, Anne Huntington, a family member of Proven Winners Company, stopped in with another dozen of donated shrubs and flowers, and several members donated plants from there own gardens making an oasis !


Continue ...

Garden Club Features Deborah Trickett Container Gardening For The Holidays

by Susan Russo

Continue ...

Rail Trail Committee Says Onward to Sherborn

by Bobby Blair

A recently paved section of the trail looking east from Chestnut Street towards Summer Street.


Continue ...