Cane River Dam Removed in Western North Carolina


I really, really love it. I’ve walked it. I’ve even helped plant some milkweed. I really love it. I think it’s great. It’s beautiful. My name is Judith Shoal. I actually all the land up to where the dam
was. I’ve Steve Fraley. I’ve with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources
Commission, division of inland fisheries. We’re on the Cane River and we’re at the
site of a rather large restoration project where the ruins of an old dam were taken out,
and the, upstream of that dam, the area that had been formerly a reservoir in the past
and had been filled with sediment and the river channel had eroded away part of that
old acululated sediment and it had become an area of pretty poor fish and mussel habitat
and also a source of pretty significant sediment erosion that impacted the stream downstream,
and that has now been pretty nicely stabilized and restored. Hi. I’m Anita Goetz. I work with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
in the Asheville Field Office, and I oversee the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. When we do a restoration project at this scale,
having an interdisciplinary team is really critical. So, basically with Cane River dam, we worked
with Blue Ridge RC&D Council to develop a technical advisory team. So the partners that were involved in the
Cane River dam project ranged from biologists working with the state wildlife resources
commission; biologists with Fish and Wildlife Service; the North Carolina Department of
Environmental Quality; Clean Water Management Trust Fund with the state was involved in
the project; as well as North Carolina Department of Transportation; North Carolina Department
of Agriculture; we used North Carolina State University, and Appalachian State University;
along with the Soil and Water Conservation District in Yancey County. I can’t say enough good things about the
contractors that we worked with and the design engineers, and we had non-profit organizations. So, I would be remiss in not mentioning the
most important component of our partnership for these large-scale restoration projects,
and even our small-scale projects, and that is the private landowner, so I do want to
emphasize the need for landowners to be involved in the partnership from the get-go and that
really ensures this project, that projects like these, are successful

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