07 Sep '12, 2pm

Merrimack Village Dam: The Impact of Removing a Dam in New Hampshire

Merrimack Village Dam: The Impact of Removing a Dam in New Hampshire

In recent years many New England states, including New Hampshire, have been removing low-head dams that no longer serve a useful purpose. To support these efforts, competitive grant funding is available from federal, state and private entities that can be used to partially defray costs associated with feasibility studies and demolition. Most dams eligible for this funding are those along the coast where removal would restore diadromous fish (Atlantic salmon, American shad, river herring and American eel) to former spawning grounds and restore habitat connectivity. Merrimack Village Dam - the lowermost dam on the Souhegan River in Merrimack, N.H. - was purchased by Pennichuck Water Works in 1964 for use as a supplemental water supply source. These plans never materialized, and in 2004 PWW received a letter from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services regardin...

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