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Weston Mill Dam Removal

Weston Mill Dam Removal

August 21, 2017

The Raritan Riverkeeper has been part of a coalition of agencies and organizations working to restore historical fish migrations in the Raritan Basin since 2008. This is the forth dam removed; the Calco Dam in 2011, the Robert Street Dam in 2012, and the Nevius Street Dam in 2013 and now the Weston Mill Dam in August 2017. Dams have been in this area of the Millstone River since the 1740s supplying power for mill operations, the foundation of the Weston Mill dating from 1844 has been preserved and can be seen on the east bank of the Millstone River.

This dam removal will open the Millstone River to free movement of American shad, hickory shad, alewife and blueback herring that were found in such numbers that they supported a commercial fishery in the 19th century. This dam physically stopped migrations of anadromous fish, (species that live in salt water but return to fresh water to spawn). Dams alter river conditions effecting siltation, temperature, plant growth and cause stagnant conditions during the summers. The removal of this dam will open 4.5 miles of the Millstone River to the Blackwells Mills Dam.

All four dams have been removed without the use on any tax payer dollars. The funding of the dam removals has been the result of State natural resource damage settlements with companies that have contributed to the pollution in the Raritan Basin in the past.

Bill Schultz

Raritan Riverkeeper