These are anaerobic worm colonies along the banks of the Salisbury Plain. They thrive in the silt of streams which suffer from oxygen depletion. Over this summer we will be surveying how far downstream below the plant we find these little critters.

 

 

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Despite all this human ugliness, we have found that life and beauty do still exist all along the courses of the Ahquannissowamsoo and Salisbury Plain Rivers. Tenacious and defiant these streams cling to life and life clings to them.

Before we continue our journey down the Salisbury Plain and Ahquannissowamsoo Rivers we would like to make a couple comments about them. These two rivers combined are without question two of the most diverse and beautiful rivers in the Taunton Rivers watershed. The Salisbury Plain and upper Ahquannissowamsoo offer many long fast flowing riffle segments. Some are boulder strewn, providing something of a white water experience during high spring flows. There is very little development along their meandering courses through the ancient flood plain meadows of the Bridgewater's.

The lower segment of Ahquannissowamsoo is much bigger than the other tributaries of the upper Taunton and is really an extension of the upper Taunton itself. From it's confluence with the Town River up to where it receives the water's of Satucket it is a bird watchers paradise. The banks along its wide meanders are draped with wild grapes and woodbine. They cascade and scramble over dense thickets of berry bearing bushes, viburnums, shrubby dogwoods and deciduous holly. Redtailed hawks screech from the tops of towering white pines and giant swamp oaks, while muskrats and turtles go about their streamside chores.

 

 

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