Trout and other fish depend on the entire river system for survival, so connecting upstream and downstream habitats is important.
Since 2016, the WRP has worked with our partners to remove five, inactive dams along major tributaries to the White River:
- 2016: Randolph Dam Removal, Third Branch of White River, Randolph village
- 2018: Killooleet Dam Removal, Hancock Branch of White River, upstream of Hancock village
- 2019: Upper & Lower Eaton Dams Removal, First Branch of White River, upstream of S. Royalton village
- 2021: Hyde Mill Dam Removal, Second Branch of White River, East Bethel village
In sum, these projects have restored 200 miles of the White River to free-flowing conditions. As a result, the White River is part of Vermont’s longest, connected river network!
Watch the video below to learn more about the 2016 Randolph Dam removal project:
Replacing an under-sized stream-crossing culvert with a larger structure is a way to improve fish passage while increasing flood resilience.
Since 2011, the WRP has worked with partners to replace ten, undersized, stream-crossing culverts with fish-friendly, flood-resilient structures:
- 2018: Wing Brook at Wing Farm Road, Rochester
- 2016: Wing Brook at Maple Hill Road, Rochester
- 2017: Wing Brook at Marine Hill Road, Rochester
- 2017: Howe Brook at Churchville Road, Hancock
- 2014: Howe Brook at Fiske Road, Rochester
- 2013: Howe Brook at Oak Lodge Road, Rochester
- 2013: Nason Brook at Moose Run, Rochester
- 2012: Marsh Brook at North Hollow Road, Rochester
- 2012: Marsh Brook at Marsh Brook Road, Rochester
- 2011: Nason Brook at Woodlawn Cemetery, Rochester
When replacing an under-sized, stream crossing culvert is not feasible, installing baffles inside the culvert allows aquatic organisms to move upstream to access cold-water refugia, spawning habitat, and more.
The WRP has worked with partners to install baffles in two, under-sized, stream-crossing culverts:
Fish passage partners
Private and public landowners (Towns of Bethel, Hancock, Pomfret, Randolph, Rochester and Sharon), FEMA, US Forest Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, VT Agency of Natural Resources, VT Community Development Program, Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission, Greater Upper Valley Chapter Trout Unlimited, Ripple Natural Resources, TR Fellows Engineering, local construction contractors, Embrace A Stream, National Forest Foundation, Upper Connecticut River Mitigation & Enhancement Fund, VT Habitat Stamp.