|This is the dried up Blackstone |
Canal. An ecological disaster
is taking place as you read this.
The Town of Lincoln controls the water level in the canal. Here is the story I have pieced together. Two days ago a crew was sent there to "fix" the spillway that had been leaking. This is an archaic contraption in which boards are either taken out or added to control the water flow. Those boards were rotting so a crew went there to remove the boards. But, they had no new boards to replace the rotted ones. Really smart! So, most of the water was let out of the canal.
I called the Town to complain, but of course, no one there knew who was in charge of the water flow in the canal. They thought maybe it was the DPW head so I was connected to him, but he was away for the day. Isn't Town government a wonderful thing? Then, I called the RI DEM. They weren't sure who deals with someone draining a waterway. Could this be "dam control" I was asked? They didn't know who deals with this so they told me to call the Town Hall. Great!
Of course, all of this came about on a Friday afternoon when no one is around to deal with the problem.
So, as nothing is being done, the canal continues to dry up. There is no water coming in due to the low level of the river and most of the water has been let out.