“Thousands of farmers and mill workers’ lives were devastated in the early 1920s when the state made the decision to flood their lands.”
Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance member Mary Grady has penned an article detailing the Secrets of Scituate Reservoir. With more that 60% of Rhode Islanders getting their clean fresh water from the Scituate Reservoir, understanding the history behind the water is noteworthy considering that the water came a steep price for some communities that today are under water, literally. Ray Wolf has written two book chronicling the historical geography of the Reservoir and the villages that it flooded.
Questions to Ponder: Was flooding these villages the right choice in your opinion? Would your opinion be different if you were more (or less) emotionally attached to the place?