Removing Spoonville Dam to restore Farmington River
The Spoonville Dam on the Farmington River was breached in the 1955 floods. The remaining portion of the dam is 128 feet long and 25 feet high and spans more than half of the river causing a constriction with high velocities that are difficult for many species to navigate and dangerous for kayakers.
Full dam removal may expose new rock features and extend the white water course that ends at the next upstream riffle.
Removal of the Spoonville dam will improve access to over 20 miles of mainstem habitat as well as miles of tributaries.
Construction planned for summer 2012 pending funding.