The Old Dam is down and soon will be out. (new photos included)
Area being returned to it's natural beauty
Last Saturday, I took a ride over to the former Charles Brook Dam site to check on the progress of the Dam removal project. I promised Ron Rhodes that I would return and take some more photos.
Here is a brief history:
The reservoir dam, which hasn’t been used for water supply since 1981, is owned by the Norwich Fire District Water Department. Connecticut River Conservancy (CRC) and a host of project partners begin work on Thursday Sept. 6 to remove the old Norwich Reservoir dam on Charles Brown Brook in Norwich, VT. CRC approached the District in 2016 about potentially removing the defunct dam after biologists from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department identified it as a priority river restoration project. By removing the deteriorating dam, the project will improve water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and cold water refuge for native brook trout and other species.
Click below if you wish to read the original story on the Dam removal project:
I had the oppurtunity to meet up with Todd Menees from the Agency of Natural Resources who showed me around a bit. He explained that once the project is complete, it will look somewhat like the Norwich Pool area looks now. He took me over to the former Norwich Pool to have a look.
Below are some photos that I took
Excavator and Truck working together to clear debris
Checkout the old tree stumps buried in the middle of the brook
Coir Logs just arrived
Coconut Coir Logs are a biodegradable erosion control product for hills, banks, shorelines, and other erosion prone areas. Easy to place, use, and install, these coir fiber logs create a natural control area that helps establish growth and control erosion.
Todd Menees, River Restoration Engineer pointing to the Old Norwich Pool area
And that is what she will look like when project is completed
Former Norwich Pool area minus Todd Menees