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August 06, 2012

Marshfield-8 Dam Removal

Marshfield-8 Dam, a stone and concrete dam completed in 1965, no longer serves a useful purpose and presents an excellent opportunity to restore a segment of the Winooski River. The dam inhibits movement of wild brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout and other aquatic species through this reach of the Winooski. The dam is also deteriorating and its removal eliminates any risk to public safety. The objectives of this project are to re-establish the ability of fish and other aquatic organisms to freely move among habitats and tributaries, restore the river’s continuity between Plainfield and Lower Cabot and eliminate any public safety risk.

The project is funded through grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and a Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) fund for Winooski River restoration projects, with additional resources contributed by the state.

WHEN: August 6 – September 15

Work in the river will begin, stream flows permitting, during the week of August 13th. Initially, work will focus on stabilizing a mill ruin immediately downstream of the dam. Removal of the dam is planned to begin the week of August 20. The project should be completed in mid-September. The project is highly weather-dependent and this schedule may change.

WHERE: 166 Gilman Street, Marshfield – the dam is located behind the owners’ home

WHO: Agency of Natural Resources (Environmental Conservation – Brian Fitzgerald, Fish & Wildlife – Rich Kirn and Rod Wentworth); U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Madeleine Lyttle; Ann Smith – Friends of the Winooski River; Brian Graber – American Rivers

More Information:

Brian Fitzgerald is the project coordinator for the Agency of Natural Resources. Contact him by phone at 338.4852 and by e-mail at brian.fitzgerald@state.vt.us .

http://www.anr.state.vt.us/dec/waterq/rivers/htm/rv_damremoval.htm

(for information about dam removal)

Source: Agency of Natural Resources
Last Updated at: August 06, 2012 13:11:27