White River dam removal project gets $10,000 Embrace-A-Stream grant

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Randolph, VT – 3/22/2016 – The Greater Upper Valley chapter of Trout Unlimited has received a $10,000 grant through the Trout Unlimited national Embrace-A-Stream grant program to help pay for the removal of an old dam on the 3rd branch of the White River in Randolph, Vermont. The chapter will use the funds to help restore and open 98 miles of the river to fish passage so that Brook trout and other species can find cooler water temperatures in the hot summer months and spawning grounds in the fall.

“We are thrilled to receive this Embrace-A-Stream grant from TU national to help restore and improve the White River,” said Ken Grecsek, Greater Upper Valley chapter president. “This grant will help our chapter work with the White River Partnership, American Rivers, US Fish and Wildlife Service and the State of Vermont to improve this local fishery.”

The Embrace-A-Stream grant program is administered by Trout Unlimited nationally and awards funds to local chapters for coldwater fisheries conservation efforts. Since its inception in 1975, the grant program has funded more than 1,000 individual projects for a total of $4.4 million in direct cash grants. Local chapters and councils contributed an additional $13 million in cash and in-kind services to EAS funded projects, for a total investment of more than $17 million from coast to coast. The grant program is funded almost entirely by individual donations from Trout Unlimited members and conservation-minded individuals who know that local restoration projects, led by local volunteers, can make a big difference in improving the health and habitat in our nation’s rivers and streams.

“The Greater Upper Valley chapter application was our top ranked proposal in an extremely competitive year,” said Russ Meyer, chair of the Embrace-A-Stream grants committee, a group of Trout Unlimited volunteer leaders from across the country.

“Dam removals are expensive projects, but the committee agreed that opening 90 miles of stream to fish passage was worth fully funding the $10,000 request.” Removal of the old dam, which is slated to happen this summer, is anticipated to cost around $100,000. In addition to this EAS grant, the Greater Upper Valley chapter has committed $1,000 to the project. The White River Partnership, American Rivers/The Nature Conservancy, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service have worked to raise the remaining implementation funds. Trout Unlimited is the nation’s largest coldwater conservation organization, with more than 150,000 members dedicated to conserving, protecting, and restoring North America’s trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds. The Greater Upper Valley chapter serves more than 300 members in both Vermont and New Hampshire.