Return of the Herring
"Bringing the fish back gave the people a sense of hope."
-- Lisa Aurecchia, Director of Projects, Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council
Herring are a natural part of the Woonasquatucket ecosystem but dams built during the Industrial Revolution get in this little fish’s way when it tries to swim from the ocean to freshwater to spawn. For this reason, the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council and the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resource Conservation Service have partnered to remove dams along the river and to build fish ladders.
*Watch fish ladders in action behind Rising Sun Mills and at Riverside Park!