Ten Mile River dredging plan moves forward

The Town of North Attleboro, MA, has been awarded a grant for the town’s Ten Mile River dredging project.

On February 11, Congressman Jake Auchincloss secured $1,5 million in funding – part of the House Appropriations Committee’s omnibus spending bill to supplement the costs of the dredging work.

To secure this funding, community stakeholders submitted a community funding project request to Congressman Auchincloss’ office late last year. 

“The Ten Mile River dredging project is currently our greatest priority in the Town’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Plan as it will help to mitigate potential flooding hazards within our community,” Town Manager Michael Borg said. 

With the $1,5 million in funding, the Town of North Attleboro will design and work to dredge the Ten Mile River as a flood prevention measure.

This project intends to dredge the entire 9,200-foot length between Whiting’s Pond and Falls Pond, which includes two State maintained culverts.

Also, it will re-establish two small overflow ponds and repair stone walls.

The overall goal of this project is to restore the riverway’s capacity and abate systematic flooding in the downtown area that has caused repetitive damage and safety issues as both the Fire and Police Departments are adjacent to the River and could be delayed due to flooding that makes main roads impassable.

Photo: Justin Pare - North Attleboro Town Council facebook