Conservancy tears down Vermont dam for restoration

DUMMERSTON, Vt. (AP) A Vermont dam built to create a swimming pond has been torn down in a project to improve water quality.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports the Connecticut River Conservancy tore down the 1940s-era dam on Crosby Brook in Dummerston.

The Crosby Brook is one of several waterways in the state classified as impaired, meaning stormwater doesn't naturally soak into the ground, resulting in an increased flow of water often contaminated with pollutants. The brook flows into the Connecticut River.

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources says on its website an increase in water flow during storms has diminished stream channels and "put biological communities in jeopardy."

The state's river conservancy along with the Windham Regional Commission arranged the removal of the dam and applied for federal and state grants totaling to $55,000.

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