View Full Version : NH dam removals and bypasses?
12-18-2006, 07:12 AM
Is there anyplace to get updates on this subject?
Or fish and wildlife access under roadways?
12-18-2006, 08:17 AM
Here is the project page for the Wiswall Dam on the Lamprey
I know this one is still progressing but very slowly.
12-18-2006, 03:46 PM
In my "spare time" I participate in the NH River Restoration Task Force (RRTF), a multi-agency group that reviews and facilitates dam removals in NH. We meet quarterly to review dam removals, support owners in navigating the removal process, support grant funding efforts, etc. You can find information about various dam removal projects on the NH DES web site at
The original European settlers put up more dams than beavers do. Before electricity water power was just about the only game in town when it came to powering daily activities like saw mills and grist mills. When the industrial revolution came along it became economically feasible to dam the larger rivers, in addition to the brooks and streams. There are still almost 5,000 (that is not a typo!) dams in NH. Almost none of them are bottom-release dams that cool the water. On the contrary, most are not only barriers to fish movement, but major contributors to thermal pollution that destroys native trout and salmon habitat.
Sorry to ramble so much after answering your original question.
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