Two NC Dam Removals, Two Days

American Rivers and the US Fish and Wildlife Service worked together to remove a privately owned dam on the Little River in Montgomery County, NC on Monday (Sept. 10). The project will benefit a number of rare, high priority fish and mussel species by restoring river habitat and allowing fish to move upstream. See videos below of this river restoration.

See photo album on American Rivers’ Facebook.

USFWS provided funding for the project thanks to their Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program (Laura Fogo) and Fish Passage Program (Tripp Boltin). Staff from their Asheville office (Mark Cantrell) and Raleigh office (Laura Fogo), with help from AR and other partners, worked together on planning, design and permitting. USFWS staff from the North Mississippi Refuge (Hal Jones) and Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery in MS (Ricky Campbell) did an incredible, professional job operating the excavators to remove the dam.

In addition, this same partnership just finished removing a second dam on nearby Denson’s Creek. Check it out here.

Lynnette Batt, American Rivers, explains the project:

Mark Cantrell, USFWS, explains some benefits to wildlife and the river:

Watch some of the removal in progress:

American Rivers and USFWS discuss their partnership: