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January 30, 2013

Newbury pressured to demolish old dam


Concern over fish that spawn in the river has been growing in recent years. In the 1970s, some 38,000 river herring passed up the river to spawning grounds; in recent years, the numbers have dwindled to fewer than 1,000.

But a dwindling fish population is not the only concern associated with the aging dam. The impact of a dam failure would be felt at all downstream locations, which include some residential areas and the Parker River waterfront around the Route 1A bridge.

Last April the old Larkin-Morrill Building adjacent to the dam was razed because it had become an attractive nuisance susceptible to teen partying and vandalism.

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