Faculty Advisor

Mathisen, Paul P.


Diadromous fish migrate to breeding grounds, but man-made dams have become an unnatural barrier. To continue effective use of dams while preserving the native fish species, fish ladders are used as a pathway for migratory species. This project involved redesigning a fish ladder at the poorly conditioned High Street Dam in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Through research, and hydrologic, hydraulic, and structural analyses, a Denil fish passage was designed to provide a way for river herring to reach their spawning grounds.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2018


Environmental Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

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