Millbury’s Dorothy Pond Dredging Honored

Millbury, MA – The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) has named VHB as a 2021 Bronze Engineering Excellence Award winner for their work on the Dorothy Pond Dredging in Millbury.

Sediment accumulation and impairments, including phosphorus from various sources, had degraded the water quality and wildlife habitat and all but eliminated recreation opportunities in the cove portion of Dorothy Pond. VHB worked with MassDOT to develop innovative dredging and water quality improvements to restore water quality, circulation, and enhance fish and wildlife habitat.

As a result of this project, Dorothy Pond has shown significant water quality improvements. The project is a model for balancing development and infrastructure needs with environmental stewardship. VHB’s contributions to this project provided critical improvement to the water quality of this valuable environmental asset.