Pelham's Bartlett Dam withstands Irene, but is slated for removal in 2012.

The Bartlett Dam in Pelham stood strong last week, but plans to remove the structure are already underway. This short video explores the history and fate of the Bartlett dam, as well as the ecological benefits of dam removal.
Despite rumors of a dam failure in Sherwood Forest, dams in western Massachusetts seem to have weathered Irene's force. With water merely topping the Sherwood Forest dam, Route 20 and nearby homes in Chester, MA were flooded. Vermont has seen many roads, bridges, and even buildings washed away under heavier rains With extreme weather events occurring evermore frequently, the need to address the State's aging dams is obvious.