Walton's Mill Dam Removal

Funding Round/Year: 
2019
Project Sponsor: 
Atlantic Salmon Federation
MNRCP Region: 
Central and Western Mountains
Location: 
Farmington
Total Cost of Project: 
$2,275,892
MNRCP Award: 
$395,000
Project Type: 
Dam Removal
Photo of Walton's Mill Dam in Farmington
Project Description: 
This project will remove (scheduled for 2022) the Walton’s Mill Dam located on Temple Stream, a tributary of the Sandy River in the Kennebec River watershed. The project will restore access to approximately 46 miles of high-quality stream habitat for endangered Atlantic salmon, brook trout, American eel, and other species. The project will also re-establish aquatic organism connectivity between Temple Stream and the Sandy River and restore natural ecological function and processes to Temple Stream, including sediment transport and movement of large wood, benefiting a variety of native fish and wildlife. After the dam removal, approximately 3.5 acres of Town-owned land is anticipated to transition from open water impoundment to vegetated wetland consisting of freshwater emergent, scrub-shrub, and forested wetland. This wetland enhancement will provide increased functions and values, including improved nutrient and sediment filtration and improved wildlife habitat.