Get Involved

Interested in getting involved in our project or taking action to address the environmental issues surrounding the Gorham site and Mashapaug Pond?

Click on the links below to join our partners’ pond clean up efforts :

Urban Pond Procession
Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management: Gorham/Textron site

Other links of interest:

Brown Center for Public Humanities
Brown University Digital Repository – Mashapaug Pond
Archive of the Gorham Manufacturing Company, Brown University Library
Gorham: Art in Ruins
Anna & UPP

2 thoughts on “Get Involved

  1. J. Christopher Bernabo’s 1977 PhD Thesis from Brown University contains an analysis of a core of sediments from Mashapaug Pond. His results may be of interest to this project. While studying the pond in the mid-1970s, he testified at a hearing concerning sources of nutrients and pollution in the pond. I believe that the Narragansett Brewing Company still had a plant upstream that was brewing beer, and its effluent may have been one source of the nutrients. (The Cranston plant closed in 1981.) I remember Chris telling me that lawyers for the company claimed that defecating ducks and geese in the pond were the source of the nutrients. I can’t remember whether they had done the math. We were amused at their attribution.

  2. I grew up on the upper part of Calhoun Ave (which no longer exists) until 1962, when my family was bought out for the construction of the industrial park. That displacement destroyed my father, who had built our house alone. He and the other members of the neighborhood fought eminent domain but lost. The neighbor was a wonderful blend of working class, mixed race, inter-racial marriages, rich and poor, home-owners and apartment dweller, and so forth. The move from this neighborhood to one less integrated and tolerant (I am mixed race) was equally devastating for me. My friends and I rode bicycles, played baseball, walked around the pond and caught turtles, played in the playground and a place called “the Sand Pit”, and explored. It was a safe and nurturing environment. I still remember my childhood there, the friends that I lost, and the security that I felt. I was eleven when we moved and never ceased to mourn the loss of this neighborhood.

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