175-year-old dam being removed from Neversink River

Mid-Hudson News


Hudson Valley, New York - Crews from the Army Corps of Engineers and The Nature Conservancy have set the stage to divert a portion of the Neversink River in Cuddebackville so that a 175-yer-old dam can be removed.

Army Corps District Engineer Lt. Col. Thomas Chapman said this will be the first time in New York history that a dam is being removed for environmental restoration purposes.

“The reason we're doing it – and The Nature Conservancy will be our partner to do it – is to restore the Neversink River and that part of the river to the natural flow regime,” he said. “The dam was constructed in 1928 to service the feeder canal for the D&H Canal and the hydro power plant that was there before of which are not used any more, and so the dam does really interrupt the natural flow regime; it keeps migratory fish, specifically the American shad and also a mussel from migrating upstream.”

The $1 million project, which was begun last month, should be completed in November.

Funding is being shared by both the Corps and the Conservancy and will include removal of the concrete dam and restoring the shoreline and riverbed.


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