In partnership with other groups, agencies, and landowners, we’re making upstream and downstream habitat accessible to both migratory and resident fish.
Raymond Brook Dam, Hebron, CT
The complete removal of Raymond Brook Dam, a partially-breached, 25 foot wide barrier in Hebron, CT, has reestablished the flows on this fast-moving, coldwater stream. It’s also reconnected 41 miles of high quality habitat in the Salmon River watershed, which should benefit American eels and Atlantic salmon--as well as the river’s non-migratory fish populations and a host of other aquatic species. CRWC’s partners on the Raymond Brook Dam removal included American Rivers, CT DEP, The Nature Conservancy, and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.) This work was accomplished on privately held land in cooperation with the land’s owners.
Bronson Brook culvert replacement, Worthington, MA:
In July 2007, CRWC helped the Mass. Riverways Program fund the replacement of a culvert on Bronson Brook, opening up 4.5 miles of high quality, coldwater habitat on a tributary of the East Branch of the Westfield River in Massachusetts. The problem was a perched, double-box culvert at Dingle Road, severely damaged during Hurricane Floyd in 1999. This barrier was replaced with a bottomless arch culvert designed to support movement and potential habitat for Atlantic salmon spawning further upstream. It should also benefit resident coldwater species including Eastern brook trout and black nosed dace. Our partners on the project included the Town of Worthington, USDA, MA DFW, USFWS, NOAA-American Rivers, and the Westfield River Wild and Scenic Committee.
Pinney Hollow Brook Dam removal, Plymouth, VT:
Completed in September 2007, the removal of Pinney Hollow Brook dam opened up two miles of stream habitat. CRWC co-coordinated this project in partnership with the Vermont Dams Task Force and others. CRWC’s Vermont-New Hampshire River Steward David Deen is the Task Force Chair.
Photo credits (above): CRWC Staff
Image Credits at Right - Illustrations: Bill Singleton; Photos: CRWC Staff.