R.I. dam dangers remain, but awareness rises

POINT OF CONTENTION: State Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy overlooks the Potter Hill Dam at the Pawcatuck River. The town of Westerly wants to remove the dam, but some residents in Westerly and Hopkinton are concerned about the aftereffects. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM
POINT OF CONTENTION: State Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy overlooks the Potter Hill Dam at the Pawcatuck River. The town of Westerly wants to remove the dam, but some residents in Westerly and Hopkinton are concerned about the aftereffects. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM
Plans to remove a deteriorating dam along the Pawcatuck River in Westerly and Hopkinton have riverfront residents in both towns upset that lower water levels after the dam is gone will dry out their wells and lower their property values. The Potter Hill Dam, first built in the 1780s and rebuilt in the early 1900s,…

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