White Mountains Dam Removal Completed
November 17, 2020
Fishermen and environmentalists celebrated the removal of the dam on the South Branch Gale River in the White Mountain National Forest. (see before and after photos above)
Removal of the obsolete dam will help restore habitat, eliminates safety and maintenance burdens, and improve fishing access. The project included state, federal, non-governmental, and community-based organizations.
“The removal of this dam reconnects important habitats for wild brook trout and other aquatic animals in the Gale River watershed,” said Biologist Dianne Timmins from NH Fish & Game, which oversaw the project. “We have surveyed this subwatershed and found brook trout in this tributary both upstream and downstream of the dam. Reconnecting these populations is vital for genetic diversity and sustainability.”