MANCHESTER, Vt. (AP) - A famous Vermont trout stream is expected to see improvements after a dam is removed.
The Dufresne Pond Dam on the Batten Kill in Manchester is being removed after more than a century of holding back the stream.
It was built in 1908 by the Dufresne family to supply water power to a sawmill. It was out of service by the late 1940s and was purchased by the state in 1957. It is now owned by the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife.
Removal of the dam will allow wild brown and brook trout to have free passage to a part of the river that had been blocked.
The removal is expected to improve upstream habitat and provide a public safety benefit because the dam has had structural problems.
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