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Two Years Later: Lessons Learned from the Johnsons Mill Dam Removal Public Event

When: Wednesday, August 30th 10 am to 1 pm

Where: 2159 Witchcat Road, Bakersfield, VT

Please bring your own lunch

In August 2021, the Johnsons Mill Dam on the Bogue Branch in Bakersfield, VT was removed to reduce flood risks, improve aquatic organism passage, and help the stream become healthier.

Two years later, on August 30th, 2023 from 10 am to 1 pm, we will revisit the dam removal site and discuss lessons learned, impacts made, and progress on our post-removal monitoring project.

This event is part of a four-year monitoring program at the dam removal site that aims to better understand the impacts of dam removal and river restoration on native species habitat in the Lake Champlain Basin and across Vermont to inform future habitat feature design considerations, sediment removal volumes, long-term stream stabilization processes, and more.

Franklin County Natural Resources Conservation District, Stone Environmental, and Avacal Biological Consulting, in partnership with the Vermont Dam Task Force are hosting this event to share the breadth of monitoring protocols, discuss results from the first year and a half of monitoring, and see the impacts of removal on the river landscape.

Especially now, following the flooding of July 2023 across Vermont, there is statewide interest in the removal of dams that no longer serve a productive purpose and instead pose a threat during flooding. It is critical that this work be completed with an understanding of the lessons learned from past dam removals to design for the desired habitat and environmental outcomes and impacts. We hope attendees at this event will also be interested in sharing about their experiences with other dam removals to determine more lessons learned and discuss hopes for the future.

Learn more about the dam, dam removal process, and see time-lapse videos of the stream since removal at these three links:

This project has been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement (LC00A00707-0) to NEIWPCC in partnership with the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP). NEIWPCC manages LCBP's personnel, contract, grant, and budget tasks and provides input on the program's activities through a partnership with the LCBP. The contents of this document do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of NEIWPCC, the LCBP, or the EPA, nor does NEIWPCC, the LCBP, or the EPA endorse trades names or recommend the use of commercial products mentioned in this document.

Aerial Photo of the Bogue Branch in the area of the removal of Johnsons Mill Dam. Credit Dana Allen of FluidState Consulting - September 21, 2021

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