The Future of Water in Southeastern MA Conference
Friday, April 24 – 8am to 5pm
Plimoth Plantation, 137 Warren Ave, Plymouth

Join conservation professionals, legislators, decision-makers, concerned residents, town employees and others in a day-long conference to learn about critical water management issues in our region and what you can do or do better to deal with these issues in a positive way. Networking opportunities will abound, and posters will be displayed throughout the day.

Our partner in the conference, Plimoth Plantation, is providing the gorgeously situated Peabody Pavilion, overlooking the Eel River and Plymouth Bay. A luncheon will be served to all participants. After the conference, the Herring Run Festival will kickoff with a film screening of DamNation – see below for festival details.

Learn more: 2015 Conference Overview →
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Session Description and Panelist Bios →


Film & Discussion Event: DamNation
Friday, April 24 – 6:30pm
Maxwell Theatre (located inside Plimoth Plantation’s Visitor Center, 137 Warren Ave, Plymouth)

To launch the Herring Run Festival, there will be a screening of the film DamNation the evening of April 24th in Plimoth Plantation’s Maxwell Theatre. DamNation is a powerful film odyssey across America exploring the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. This event will begin with a social hour at 6:30pm (beer and wine cash bar), followed by the film at 7pm The evening will be hosted by Douglas Watts, herring advocate and author of the book Alewife. A post-film panel discussion with restoration experts on Plymouth’s dam removal efforts will follow the film.

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Second Annual Herring Run Festival
Saturday & Sunday, April 25-26 – 10am to 5pm
Plimoth Grist Mill, 6 Spring Lane, Plymouth

Plimoth Plantation invites the public to celebrate Earth Week with its second annual Herring Run Festival at the museum’s Plimoth Grist Mill, presented in partnership with the Town of Plymouth and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Nestled on Town Brook, Plimoth Grist Mill is the place to be to witness the spectacle of the annual Alewife (river herring) migration. Each spring over 100,000 alewives ascend the mill’s fishway on their way to spawn in Billington Sea, then pass by again on their return trip to the ocean.

Visit with local scientists and learn about their efforts to restore the herring population. Hear about dam removal projects on Town Brook, get a close-up view of the herring and help scientists collect data by counting the fish. The festival will feature special hands-on activities for kids, walking tours of the herring run, and herring-related presentations, along with local music and food. Plimoth Grist Mill will be sharing the brook with the herring, using water power to mill organic cornmeal and sampe (grits) while sharing samples of our favorite corn dishes.

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Plymco Dam Ceremony
Saturday, April 25 – 11am
Plimoth Grist Mill, 6 Spring Lane, Plymouth

The public is invited to attend the Town on Plymouth’s ceremony giving thanks for the recent completion of the Plymco Dam removal and restoration project on Town Brook. This collaborative project supported by the Town, NOAA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the MA Department of Fish and Game, removed a significant barrier to herring spawning grounds. A walking tour to the ceremony will leave from the Plimoth Grist Mill.