Photo credit: Stone Pond Dam in November 2022, taken by Paula Sagerman
Connecticut River Conservancy is happy to announce the receipt of a grant from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to remove an old, unused dam and restore the stream channel and surrounding floodplain in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire.
Stone Pond Dam Removal
The project, which is currently in the engineering design phase, will excavate 82,000 lbs. of nitrogen and 5,700 lbs. of phosphorus in sediments behind the dam immediately and then prevent 908 lbs. of nitrogen and 26 lbs. of phosphorus annually, reducing pollution from flowing downstream in the Connecticut River to Long Island Sound.
The long-term impact will benefit community flood resilience at the site prone to flooding. The restoration planting of trees and shrubs following dam removal will further stabilize the banks and provide shade to keep the stream cool for migratory fish such as American eel, freshwater white suckers, and other organisms.
CRC is working with the private dam owner, Town of Fitzwilliam, State and federal agency partners, and Dubois & King Inc. to finalize design and permitting in 2024. Removal and restoration activities are estimated to begin in 2025.
NFWF Grant Objectives for Long Island Sound
This grant is part of $12 million in grants awarded to improve the environment of Long Island Sound.
Federal and state environmental agencies and officials from New England and New York, including the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), recently announced 39 grants totaling $12 million to organizations and local governments to improve the health of Long Island Sound. The grants are matched by $8 million from the grantees themselves, resulting in $20 million in total conservation impact for projects in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont.
In all, these Long Island Sound Futures Fund (Futures Fund) 2023 grants will support projects that improve water quality by preventing 2.7 million gallons of stormwater and 101,000 pounds of nitrogen pollution from flowing into Long Island Sound waters. The projects will also remove 120 tons of marine debris from the sound and support planning for restoration of 880 acres of coastal habitat and 102 miles of river corridor vital to fish and wildlife. And, the projects will reach 30,000 people through environmental education programs that increase awareness of how to improve the health and vitality of the Sound. Funding for the grant program comes from the EPA as part of the Long Island Sound Study (LISS), with additional support from FWS, NFWF and The Zoetis Foundation. A full list of grantees can be found here.
Thank you very much to the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation for supporting Connecticut River Conservancy with the funds to move this restoration project forward!