Dam removal project could provide longer trout spawning territory

NORWICH, Vt. The Connecticut River Conservancy has removed eight dams since 2014. It's latest project is taking place in Norwich, Vermont.

For the last week, local crews have been removing the old Norwich Reservoir dam on Charles Brown Brook.

The reservoir dam was 100 years old and hadn't been used for water supply since 1981. Crews are taking out 400 cubic yards of concrete and 10,000 cubic yards of sediment trapped above the dam.

Eventually, the brook will be all at one level, allowing for nearly 44 miles of brook trout spawning territory.

Next Spring, there will be considerable restoration projects along the brook.

"It's about 500 feet that we're working, and we'll redesign the channel. We'll put large wood, root wads, rocks in there to create fish habitat. And so it's a great little native brook trout stream and the fish downstream can now interact with the fish upstream," Ron Rhodes with the conservancy said.

The removal should take about another month.

Commuters are asked to use caution when traveling on Beaver Meadow Road in Norwich, due to construction vehicles entering and exiting the access area at the dam.