Smethport Reservoir Dam Removal and Habitat Restoration, Pennsylvania
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This project seeks to remove the Smethport Reservoir Dam to restore passage and free flowing stream habitat for brook trout on Blacksmith Run and eliminate a significant liability and safety concern and reduce localized flooding. Approximately 1.9 miles of stream will be reopened to fish passage, 770 linear feet of in-stream habitat restored, and 1540 feet of riparian habitat restored. Additional benefits anticipated from the project include improvements in water quality, enhanced transport of nutrients and woody debris, and re-established connectivity between the stream, riparian area and groundwater interface.
Photo of the dam to be removed on Blacksmith Run in Pennsylvania
Photo immediately following the removal of Smethport Dam on Blacksmith Run in Pennsylvania
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