Partners for Fish & Wildlife
Dam Removal and River Restoration
River and stream systems throughout New England, and the aquatic resources that depend on them, have been adversely impacted by many human influences, e.g. dam construction, improperly designed culverts, channelization, gravel mining, floodplain encroachment,and loss of forested riparian habitat. The consequences of these activities have left many New England streams with degraded in-stream habitats and with barriers that prevent fish and other aquatic organisms from accessing critical habitat.
In partnership with private landowners, conservation organizations, and state and federal agencies, the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program is working to identify, prioritize, and provide funding for the removal or renovation of selected barriers. Associated with dam removal or culvert replacement, stream channels are being restored with the appropriate physical dimensions (cross section, slope, pattern), bed features (riffles, runs, pools), and the incidence of instream habitat (large woody material). Completed projects benefit a variety of fish, including diadromous Atlantic salmon, American shad, Alewife, Blue-backed herring, American eel as well as resident species including brook trout, land-locked Atlantic salmon, freshwater mussels and other nongame aquatic species.