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Community Report: Removing 'Derelict Dams' Could Return Natural Areas To State

A dam in a river
Friends of the Winooski River, Courtesy
This 2018 photo shows the dam in the Dog River prior to its removal this summer by the Friends of the Winooski River.


Since 2014, the state Legislature designated September as Vermont River Clean-up Month, and one prominent river in the state is getting some help involving the removal of several derelict dams.

Michele Braun is the executive director of the Friends of the Winooski River. She spoke with VPR to explain the dams' status, how they got there and how removing them creates benefits beyond improving just the river's health.

The current project is to remove a dam in Northfield on the Dog River that was built about a century ago as part of a summer camp.

Listen to the full interview above.

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