Removal of the Washburn Mill Dam on the Mohawk River will restore connectivity to 39.3 miles of extremely high-quality brook trout habitat. This 90-year-old dam in Colebrook, New Hampshire is no longer functional, but continues to block connectivity for fish and aquatic wildlife and puts the surrounding community at risk from future climate related flooding. The project will improve public safety, habitat connectivity, fisheries population resilience, and stream health for native species including wild brook trout, longnose and white sucker, slimy sculpin, burbot, longnose and blacknose dace, creek chub, wild rainbow and brown trout, and wood turtle. Northern tributaries of the Connecticut River provide freshwater breeding and spawning habitat critical for populations of native fish and support an important recreational fishery.
Project Quick Facts:
NH, Coos County
NFPP Project Funding
40 Stream Miles Reopened, 10 Acres Reopened
Partner Project Lead
The National Fish Passage Program: Leaders in Building Bridges and Fostering Connections
The National Fish Passage Program is a national leader connecting watersheds and people. The program has decades of experience implementing infrastructure projects with partners. Fish passage project proposals can be initiated by any individual, organization, government, or agency. However, proposals must be submitted and completed in cooperation with a Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office. (Please note thatprojects being used for federal or state compensatory mitigation or required by existing federal or state regulatory programs are not eligible for funding through the National Fish Passage Program.)
200 Million Dollar Investment in Rivers, Wildlife, and Communities
Clean free-flowing waterways are vital to wildlife, people, and ecosystems. But across the country, millions of barriers fragment rivers, block fish migration, and put communities at higher risk to flooding. The, signed in November 2021, included $200 million for restoring fish and wildlife passage by removing in-stream barriers and providing technical assistance under the National Fish Passage Program.