Dam Being Removed from West River in New Haven, CT

 

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ecoRI.org: Work recently began on the Pond Lily Dam removal project along the West River in New Haven, CT. The $800,000 project, taking place within the New Haven Land Trust’s Pond Lily Nature Preserve, will restore migratory fish passage and minimize flooding, according to the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS).

The flood risk at Pond Lily has been a safety and economic concern for Westville Village District residents and business owners for many years. Removal of the dam will not only protect nearby urban communities, it also will restore fish passage and habitat on 2.6 stream miles and 76 acres of Konold’s Pond habitat for herring, eel and shad, according to the NRCS.

The removal of the dam is funded in part by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service through the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, which provides federal emergency funding for Hurricane Sandy recovery and to strengthen natural defenses that can help protect Atlantic Coast communities against future storms.

 

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