EAST BURKE, Vt. — Water is now flowing freely down a Vermont river after an old dam was removed.

WCAX-TV reports the East Burke-area dam on the Passumpsic River was first built in 1931 and had not been in use since the 1950s. The dam was also causing a buildup of sediment and blocked fish from swimming upstream.

It took about five weeks for the dam to be fully removed, and the removal was the end of a 17-year-long effort from the Passumpsic Valley Land Trust, who recently sought help from the Connecticut River Conservancy.

The conservancy says it will lead a revitalization project in the spring to add trees and grass alongside the river’s banks. Officials say sediment removed from the river can be used for East Burke road projects.


Information from: WCAX-TV, http://www.wcax.com