River restoration protects water, boosts economy
SOUTHERN VERMONT - This year, the Connecticut River Conservancy has completed more than 20 river restoration projects across the four-state Connecticut River watershed. These projects will restore natural river flow, improve wildlife habitat, and protect clean water. They also boosted local economies and local businesses, like plant nurseries, tree planting crews, construction crews, engineering and design firms, and more.
River restoration projects completed by CRC in 2021 include removing useless “deadbeat” dams on Broad Brook in Guilford, and Turkey Hollow Brook in Windham; restoring four floodplains along the Cold River in Walpole, NH; and planting nearly 16,400 trees along rivers in 12 towns, including Walpole, NH, and Guilford, Norwich, and Woodstock among other projects.
The dam removals this year have opened 27 miles of river by removing barriers for fish and other aquatic life to pass freely upstream. These other projects have also increased access to valuable floodplains, reduced erosion along 4.7 miles of stream habitat, and restored over 25 acres of riparian and floodplain habitat. In addition, the living shoreline project improved tidal flow, replaced a culvert, and restored 0.4 acres of tidal marsh and 500 feet of coastal beach.