A crummy little dam – 5 feet high, made of interlocking steel plates (a design that’s new to me) was removed from the White River in Vermont this week, freeing up 100 miles of river to native trout that previously were blocked.

Unlike large-scale dam removals that take weeks and tons of machinery, such as one at the mouth of the Souhegan River in N.H. a few years ago, or the dam pulled from the mouth of Maine’s Penobscot River that has been a huge success in restoring fish run,  the White River removal took just one backhoe. A Vermont group claims it was one of 200 “deadbeat dams” that serve no purpose in the state.

Vermont Public Radio has a story, including a video of trout failing to breach the dam.

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