There are over 1,000 dams located on Vermont’s rivers and streams that serve no useful purpose: originally built to provide a source of power for manufacturing and other private and public uses, these “deadbeat” dams have been abandoned and most have fallen into disrepair.
However many of these dams still span the river channels they were built to harness. So they are blocking the movement of water, sediment, and aquatic life.
Removing these dams restores connectivity to a river system:
The WRP is working to remove deadbeat dams along the White River. In 2016 we worked with our partners to remove the Randolph Dam on the Third Branch of the White River. In 2018 we will work with our partners to remove the Killooleet Dam remnants on the Hancock Branch of the White River. And we are currently working with a local engineer to design dam removal projects for 3 additional dams: one on the Second Branch and two on the First Branch of the White River. In sum these 5 projects will restore almost 300 miles of the White River to free-flowing conditions!
For more information, visit our Fish Passage Project page.