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Dam panorama

Vermont has at least 1,000 dams, many of which are vestiges from the industrial era. Hundreds of these dams have been left to languish in our waterways, blocking fish passage, disrupting healthy stream flows, and in many cases filling up with sediment. Dam safety legislation (H.92) has been introduced to address many of these concerns. If passed, the bill will catalyze identification of these structures by expanding registration and regular inspection to cover currently unmonitored dams. Information from inspections can then be used to determine the risk of dam failure. Local watershed groups, statewide environmental organizations and state and federal agencies will be able to assist dam owners with priority dam removals.

Sign the petition urging lawmakers to take action on dam safety legislation

Read a recent op-ed by VNRC’s Brian Shupe and State Director of the Nature Conservancy Heather Furman here.