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Posted 10/3/2011

Release no. 2011-090

Tim Dugan

CONCORD, Mass. A fish passage project at the Omega Pond Dam in East Providence, Rhode Island, will be completed under the terms of a $2,383,500 contract issued recently by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District.


The work will be accomplished by Steven & Roger Contracting I Corp., of Lowell, Mass. The project will take about 16 months to complete and will start on or about Nov. 30, 2011.


“The aquatic ecosystem restoration project will restore anadromous fish migration to the lower Ten Mile River,” said Project Manager Larry Oliver, of the Corps’ New England District, Engineering/ Planning Division in Concord, Mass. “The work for this contract consists of providing fish passage at the lowest dam on the Ten Mile River, Omega Pond Dam.”


The project consists of constructing a 4-foot wide concrete Denil fishway that would be placed adjacent to the northern abutment of the concrete spillway and underneath an active railroad bridge. The fishway is made of reinforced concrete supported on drilled shafts and will extend from the base of the dam to the top of the spillway with approximately a 13-foot vertical rise.

This contract award is for work that is one part of the Ten Mile River project. The entire Ten Mile River project consists of construction of Denil-type fish ladders at the lowest three dams (Omega Pond Dam, Hunts Mill Dam, and the dam at Turner Reservoir) on the river. 


The three fishways will allow anadromous alewives access to about 340 acres of spawning habitat and provide approximately three miles of riverine spawning habitat for blueback herring and American shad.  These habitats will support a fish run of over 200,000 herring. The fishways are capable of passing about 25,000 shad.


Construction contracts for the Turner Reservoir and Hunts Mill Dam fishways were awarded last year. Construction of the fishway at Hunt’s Mill Dam is nearly complete and construction of the fishway at Turner Reservoir is ongoing.

The project will be managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District. All work will be accomplished under the supervision of a Corps of Engineers Quality Assurance Representative to assure compliance with contract requirements.


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