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Removing the Swanton Dam

Removing Swanton dam is the #1 thing we can do to improve fish habitat in the Lake Champlain basin.

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and others are advocating for removing the Swanton Dam on the Missisquoi River in Swanton Village. This dam has contributed to the collapse of what had been a tremendous fisheries existing on the lower Missisquoi River.

The dam prevents walleye, lake sturgeon, muskellunge and many other fish species from reaching habitat they need to spawn and sustain their populations. The department is seeking local support and approval from the Village of Swanton, who owns the dam, to remove it.

Swanton dam

Why Remove the Dam?
  • The connection between Lake Champlain and its river habitats is critical to the life cycle of many species of fish. Walleye, lake sturgeon, suckers, redhorse, minnows and other fishes ascend into the Missisquoi River from Lake Champlain to spawn. Prior to the construction of the dam, the Missisquoi River provided seven miles of river with spawning habitat that is now scarce. Swanton dam has severed this link and fish populations have declined sharply.
  • Removal of Swanton dam would significantly increase the quantity and diversity of available habitat. Dam removal is the best thing we can do to bolster walleye and sturgeon reproductive success and restore these fish.
Walleye
  • The habitat loss caused by Swanton dam cannot be mitigated through other alternatives.
  • Dam removal will contribute to the restoration of economically valuable fisheries. Local businesses will benefit as will local anglers.
  • It would be irresponsible for the Fish & Wildlife Department to look the other way in the face of this problem. This dam is in a terrible location, and the damage it does far exceeds any benefits. Removing Swanton dam is the right thing to do.
Upstream of dam

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department plans to encourage discussion and continue to advocate for removing this dam. We believe, if people are thoughtful and work together, there can only be positive benefits to the fisheries, river, business and community. We need your support.

Learn the Benefits of Removing the Swanton Dam.

Video Link button View a video documentary on the removal of the Swanton dam to restore fish passages on the Missisquoi River.

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