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Winnicut River Dam Removal Project

Winnicut Dam

In the summer of 2009, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced that the NH Coastal Program at the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services will receive $500,000 in stimulus funding for the Winnicut River Dam Removal Project in Greenland. The Winnicut Dam is owned by the NH Fish and Game Department. It’s situated at the head-of-tide on the Winnicut River in Greenland, and represents the only anthropogenic barrier to upstream fish movement along the main stem of the river. The dam currently restricts fish movement within the Winnicut River, which in turn affects other ecological systems that are dependent upon the fish populations for dispersal within the ecosystem.

The dam removal and fish passage project, which will only be partially funded by ARRA, will improve upstream and downstream migration for diadromous fish including: river herring (alewives and blueback herring), American eel, and rainbow smelt.

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  • Kevin Lucey, Restoration Coordinator
    New Hampshire Coastal Program
    NH Dept. of Environmental Services
    Pease Tradeport
    222 International Drive, Suite 175
    Portsmouth, NH 03801
    (603) 559-0026
    kevin.lucey@des.nh.gov

 

 

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