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Nashua works on river revival

Union Leader Correspondent

September 16. 2013 10:35PM

NASHUA — In addition to cleaning up the Nashua River, city officials this week will review a separate proposal to restore the Jackson Falls Riverwalk.

The aldermanic Finance Committee is expected to vote Wednesday on whether to award a $77,637 contract to Greenscapes Land Design of Nashua for the restoration project.

According to a memo to Mayor Donnalee Lozeau, the purpose of the project is to “remove the invasive species and re-vegetate the river bank with new plantings.” Other work includes the restoration of the railing along the Riverwalk, and a three-year maintenance plan.

Numerous plantings such as small trees, perennials and shrubs will be planted along the Jackson Falls Riverwalk as part of the proposed restoration.

A separate, $15,000 proposed contract for a different cleanup project on the Nashua River will also be studied by the committee.

Reliable Construction and Demolition of Salem is being recommended to clean up trash and debris along the banks of the Nashua River. As work is ongoing at the Jackson Mills Dam, the water level of the Nashua River continues to be low, exposing junk and trash, according to city officials.

“Time is limited for this effort as the improvement project located at the Jackson Mills Dam is set to conclude by the first week of October. Once it concludes, the water level will rise to normal levels, once again submerging the junk and debris,” says a separate memo to the mayor.

The memo, written by Robert Gabriel, the city’s purchasing manager, states that the specialized cleanup effort may be too dangerous for a community-based volunteer effort.

“The nature of the work will require a contractor experienced and skilled in river-based debris recovery operation, utilizing a combination of removal approaches, including boats floating in the river as well as removal of debris by hand along the shorelines,” agreed Thomas Galligani, economic development director for the city.

This cleanup project — if approved by aldermen — will consist of a portion of the Nashua River from the public boat ramp at the Millyard Technology Park to the Jackson Mills Dam, and a limited segment along the banks of the Nashua River from Coliseum Avenue west of the F.E. Everett Turnpike.

It could take more than 500 hours of labor for the cleanup effort, according to the proposal on file at Nashua City Hall. Escrow funds are being recommended for the project.

Lozeau said recently that several efforts are under way focusing not only on the Nashua River, but other bodies of water in the city. She has recently formed a new Nashua Waterways Committee.

Wednesday’s aldermanic Finance Committee meeting begins at 6:45 p.m. at Nashua City Hall.

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