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World Fish Migration Day is Saturday, May 21… and we’re celebrating for an entire week! See below for info on our events.



Tenney Brook Tree Planting in Rutland, VT

Friday, May 20 @ 10-12 & 1-3pm

Come Restore a River Floodplain by Planting 900 Native Trees!

Volunteers needed!  Join us to celebrate the removal of Dunklee Dam and restore the river floodplain with native trees! Tree planting will be on-going so just stop by for an hour or plant all day!

Hosted by Restoration Ecologist Karina Daily, Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC)
Location: Dunklee Pond Dam, Rotary Park, 175 N. Main Street in Rutland, VT

Pelletier Dam Removal Site Tour in Castleton, VT

Thursday, May 26 @ 1-3pm

Removal of this dam in Castleton is planned this summer and will reconnect approximately 37 miles of trout habitat. Tour with VT Fish and Wildlife Department & Vermont Natural Resources Council and see plans to reconnect approximately 37 miles of trout habitat.

Location: US Route 4 West to Exit 5; North 1/4 miles on East Hubbardton Road

Join us for a Webinar to Celebrate World Fish Migration Day!

April 13, 2022 — Did you know that Vermont has nearly 1,000 dams on its rivers? While many property owners and communities are strongly attached to their dams, their continued presence comes at a cost to fish passage, poses... Read more »

Request for Proposals: Removing Montague Dam in Thetford, Vermont

March 15, 2022 — The Connecticut River Conservancy (CRC) is requesting proposals from qualified individuals or firms for the removal of Montague Dam, located in Thetford, Vermont.  Bids must be sent to rrhodes@ctriver.org no later than 5:00 p.m. on... Read more »

Request for Proposals: Removing Pelletier Dam in Castleton, Vermont

March 9, 2022 — The Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) is requesting proposals from qualified individuals or firms for the removal of Pelletier Dam, located in Castleton, Vermont.  Email bids must be sent in pdf format to kdailey@vnrc.org no... Read more »

Request for Proposals: Removing Connolly Pond Dam in Shrewsbury, Vermont

December 3, 2021 — The Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) is requesting proposals from qualified individuals or firms to provide 100% design plans for removal of Connolly Pond Dam, located in Shrewsbury, Vermont. Proposals must be submitted in pdf... Read more »

Mayor Allaire, VNRC and Partners Celebrate the Removal of Dunklee Pond Dam

October 8, 2021 — On October 7, 2021, Mayor Allaire, VNRC and its partners met along Tenney Brook in Rutland to celebrate the removal of Dunklee Pond Dam. The derelict dam was removed to benefit public safety, fish and... Read more »

Request for Proposals: Breadloaf Dam Removal Feasibility and Preliminary Engineering and Concept Design

September 30, 2021 — The Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) is requesting that engineers who are licensed to practice in Vermont submit proposals for a comprehensive geomorphological assessment, preliminary (30%) design and sediment management plan for removal of Breadloaf... Read more »

Man oversees cleanup of Dunklee Pond Dam site after dam removal

Dunklee Pond cleanup underway

September 2, 2021 — This article originally ran in the Rutland Herald on August 10, 2021 Almost 2 years after the city’s emergency demolition of the Dunklee Pond Dam, the state is cleaning up what’s left. A team led by the Vermont Natural Resources Council is overseeing the removal of... Read more »

Press release: Vermont Natural Resources Council begins Dunklee Pond Dam removal in Rutland

August 6, 2021 — August 6, 2021 — Removal of the Dunklee Pond Dam on Tenney Brook in the City of Rutland, Vermont is now underway following a three-year design and permitting process. The dam is classified as a... Read more »

Request for Construction Bids: Dunklee Pond Dam Removal

June 30, 2021 — The Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) is seeking competitive bids to remove Dunklee Pond Dam and restore Tenney Brook in Rutland, Vermont.  The goal is to remove the failing dam and accumulated sediment to reduce... Read more »