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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Dam Near Smethport To Be Removed Next Week

Smethport Dam to be Removed

Pittsburgh, PA – The Smethport Dam, located on Blacksmith Run west of Smethport, Pennsylvania, will be removed next week to improve public safety and fish passage and to restore a tributary of the Wild and Scenic Allegheny River.

American Rivers began work on this project in 2005 and provided $20,000. Multiple other partners have also contributed to this project including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, to make this removal a reality. Additional funding was also generously supplied by the Mellon Foundation.

Blacksmith Run, a tributary to the Wild and Scenic Allegheny River, is a cold water fishery that supports a population of wild brook trout. This project will restore nearly two miles of free-flowing stream, making important upstream breeding grounds more accessible. The Wild and Scenic Allegheny River flows through forested valleys and rural landscapes rich with history and culture. The river is popular for canoeing and other recreation.

The 375 foot long dam was originally built in 1881 for water supply but is no longer needed. The dam has been labeled a high-hazard structure, meaning that it would result in loss of life and significant property damage if it failed.

“By removing this obsolete dam we are removing a community liability and creating a community asset—a healthy, thriving river,” said Lisa Hollingsworth-Segedy of American Rivers. “When a river is returned to health, it can benefit a community by supplying clean water, fish, flood protection, and new recreation and economic opportunities.” More at 1490 NewsBlog..

5 comments :

Anonymous said...

Does anyone have pictures of this?

Anonymous said...

I hope this does'nt take as long as Lyman run dam did!

Anonymous said...

The only dam I can picture is on the lake by Mechanic Street but I don't think that's the location??

Anonymous said...

1st: Remove the Dam
2nd: Let the Brown Trout have freedom of passage up the stream
3rd: Have the Brownies push the Brookes out
4th: Listen to the cries of there being no Native Brookes
5th: The stream will become noted for Wild Brownies

Anonymous said...

It wouldn't be the spillway at Hamlin Lake...they just rebuilt that a few years ago. Tearing it down wouldn't make sense and it would be a waste of money.