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Norton Mill Dam Removal

Location: Connecticut

Project type: Resilience

Funding awarded: $727,650

Project Summary

The Norton project restores access to 17 miles of aquatic habitat within the Jeremy River and eliminates aging infrastructure damaged repeatedly by flooding. In doing so, the project helps protect downstream property and benefits species such as the Eastern Brook trout, Atlantic salmon, sea-run brown trout, sea lamprey, American eel and river herring.

Conservation Goals

  • Restore access to habitat for migratory fish species
  • Eliminate dam safety liability and protect downstream property

Project Benefits

  • Increases use of spawning and nursery habitat by fish that migrate between fresh and salt water, and increase production of these species and associated socioeconomic benefits
  • Eliminates public safety threat caused by the abandoned, 12-foot high dam
  • Contributes to resiliency, including coastal beach development in a Stafford Area, and improves recreational value; confers other socioeconomic benefits

Project Partners

  • The Nature Conservancy - Connecticut Chapter
  • Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection - Inland Fisheries Division
  • Town of Colchester
  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
  • Dam owner
  • Trout Unlimited - Thames Valley Chapter

Additional Details

Functioning aquatic systems return to a stable state more quickly when they are not dramatically altered by storm events and human alterations that disrupt the environment further after storms. This project is a win-win for people and wildlife by combining improved stream connectivity and functioning of the natural system with removal risk from failing infrastructure (dam).

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Last updated: November 4, 2016