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Millers River white water events on April 11-12 in Royalston cancelled by paddling clubs due to COVID-19 concerns

Published April 7, 2020

CONCORD, Mass. – All Millers River paddling events that were scheduled for April 11-12, 2020 have been cancelled by the paddling club requestors due to concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, Birch Hill Dam and Tully Lake staff in Royalston, Massachusetts, will not be providing controlled releases of water that weekend, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District officials.


Construction of Birch Hill Dam was completed in 1942 at a cost of $4.8 million. The 1,400-foot-long, 56-foot-high dam can store 16.2 billion gallons of water. To date, flood damages amounting to more than $87.1 million ($280 million, adjusted for inflation) have been prevented. For details contact the Park Ranger staff at 978-318-8224 or visit the website at: http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/BirchHillDam.


Tully Lake Dam, on the East Branch of the Tully River in Royalston, is 1,570 feet long and 62 feet high. Completed in 1949 at a cost of $1.7 million, the dam has a reservoir storage capacity of 7.1 billion gallons of water. Tully Lake Dam has prevented flood damages of $31.3 million ($87 million, adjusted for inflation) since it was constructed. For details contact the Park Ranger staff at (978) 318-8907 or visit the website at: http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/TullyLake.


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Tim Dugan

Release no. 20-022