North Carolina Dam Removals

The past year has seen a great expansion of free flowing river miles in North Carolina. As part of a partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Piedmont Conservation Council, four dams have been removed on tributaries of the Pee Dee River and one more dam removal is on the horizon.

Most recently, we removed Smitherman’s Dam on the Little River. Smitherman’s Dam was removed on November 4, 2013 and is the third dam to be removed on the Little River. The restoration of the Little River has been supported by the Town of Troy, which is now working to construct a public park and canoe access on the newly restored river.

Just one month prior to Smitherman’s Dam removal, we removed the Lassiter Mill Dam on the Uwharrie River. The Lassiter Mill Dam removal has opened up 15 miles of the Uwharrie River’s main stem and 189 miles of perennial streams, enough habitat to support an additional 7,000 shad.

We are excited to watch these rivers come back to life!