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Hathaway dam to remain

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The owners of the Hathaway Pond dam and the cranberry business that uses it have agreed on managing the property. This means the dam will not be torn down, a possibility that had area residents and farmers worried in recent months. The Buzzards Bay Coalition bought the dam in May and planned to tear it down to restore fish passage and health of the Sippican River, but met resistance from cranberry growers. Under the agreement, the coalition and Beaton’s Inc. will work together to make improvements without tearing the dam down, according to the coalition’s website. The coalition agreed to return water in Hathaway Pond to a height “sufficient to provide water for agricultural use at Beaton’s cranberry bogs,’’ the agreement said. A fish ladder will also be installed in the dam’s main sluiceway, and the coalition will convey the dam parcel to Beaton’s, with a permanent conservation restriction to ensure it remains undeveloped and open to the public. - Paul Kandarian

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