An environmental group’s planned removal of a local dam to help restore habitat for migratory herring and other fish species is gaining momentum following a recent regulatory ruling and a funding award.
The North and South Rivers Watershed Association seeks to demolish Peterson Pond Dam in Third Herring Brook, a 5-mile tributary to the North River that straddles the Hanover-Norwell line.
In February, the state waived the requirement of a full environmental impact report for the estimated $500,000 project, which the association is pursuing in partnership with Hanover Mall. Then in June, the Massachusetts Environmental Trust — funded through the sale of specialized license plates — awarded a $20,000 grant to support the dam removal, said Samantha Woods, the association’s executive director.
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