“CRC’s partnership with the State of Vermont, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Vermont River Conservancy, and local entities is a strong indicator of the importance of this restoration project,” said Ron Rhodes, Interim Executive Director at Connecticut River Conservancy. “We are proud to be part of the team and look forward to the eventual removal of this old dam.”
“Nominating the CRC to receive funding to remove the dam on the Saxtons River was the easy part,” said Courtney Laggner, Brand & Community Marketing Manager at Darn Tough Vermont. “The next piece of the puzzle is educating people on the importance of free-flowing water and the impacts that it has on wildlife and beyond.”
The funding provided from the Alliance will allow the Conservancy to address these concerns while also improving public access and recreation in the area. For decades this portion of the Saxtons has been used for fishing, swimming, and hiking, but poor access has always been an obstacle in providing these benefits to the public. As part of this project, Connecticut River Conservancy is working with Vermont River Conservancy (VRC), Island Corporation, and regional partners to explore opportunities to improve public access following dam removal. Additional funding and permits are being secured in the months ahead. Work is estimated to begin in 2023, with dam removal likely in 2024.
About Connecticut River Conservancy:
Since 1952, Connecticut River Conservancy has been the voice for the Connecticut River watershed, from source to sea. They collaborate with partners across four states to protect and advocate for your rivers and educate and engage communities. They bring people together to prevent pollution, improve habitat, and promote enjoyment of the rivers and streams. Healthy rivers support healthy economies.