Our Work

#freeVTrivers Update: East Burke Dam removal

We are working to remove dams that no longer serve a useful purpose in order to restore natural watershed and riverine function, reduce flood risk, increase community resiliency, and improve fish habitat and overall ecological integrity. We accomplish this through our policy, science and dam removal project work.

We’re excited to share an update from our friends at Connecticut River Conservancy. They are working with the dam owner, Passumpsic Valley Land Trust, the local community, and other partners to remove a dam in East Burke. As you can see in some of the photos, removing a dam is more than removing a structure. Approximately 11,000 cubic yards of sediment had become trapped behind the dam in East Burke and had to be removed as well. That sediment could have threatened river habitat, but with it removed and the dam out, we’re excited to say this is another river that is wild and free!

Photos: Ron Rhodes, Connecticut River Conservancy