State prioritizing plans to repair 300-year-old dam
RICHMOND, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island officials say repairs to the failing Wyoming Dam are expected to be completed by next summer.
Republican state Rep. Justin Price, who represents Richmond, says he was pleased to hear the state Department of Environmental Management would be performing repairs. The Westerly Sun reports the 300-year-old structure has been leaking badly in recent years, and the state has made it a priority for repairs.
Price says the state has already taken soil samples to prepare for the repairs.
In 2016, residents near Wyoming Pond had opposed a plan to remove the dam, saying it was vital to the continued success of the surrounding community.
Councilor David Husband says he hopes repairs would not require draining the pond.
Information from: The Westerly Sun, http://www.thewesterlysun.com