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  • A mussel with fringe around its opening partially burried in the sand on the river bottom.
    Information icon Appalachian elktoe in the Little River Translyvania County NC. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Dam removal begins on North Toe River in Mitchell County

    July 29, 2009 | 4 minute read

    The noise from the staccato pounding of a massive jackhammer brings nearby conversation to a stop. Bit by bit the machine, perched on the edge of the North Toe River just downstream from the town of Spruce Pine, cuts away at a decrepit dam whose removal will make the river safer for paddlers and open up miles of upstream habitat to fish and other aquatic life. “The North Toe is a wonderful river,” remarked Cliff Vinson, the driving force behind this project, “and taking this useless dam out makes it better.  Learn more...


  • Spruce Pine dam finally comes down

    September 18, 2009 | 2 minute read

    Transcript A little bit of river history was recently made in Western North Carolina as a decrepit dam was removed from the North Toe River in Mitchell County. The dam was built in 1918, but it has been abandoned since the 1940s or 50s. It was partially dynamited in 1960 to clear accumulated silt. What remains are massive slabs of concrete and scattered pieces of the dam’s inner workings.  Learn more...

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