Removal Of Abandoned North Idaho Dam Could Help Steelhead

Sep 8, 2013

Credit Matt Corsi / Idaho Fish and Game

Crews in the northern Idaho city of Troy have started removing an abandoned dam with the goal of improving fish passage and spawning habitat for threatened steelhead.

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports that that work started Wednesday taking out the Dutch Flat Dam and is expected to take about a month.

Authorities say the dam on the west fork of Little Bear Creek was built in 1919 to create a municipal water reservoir but was abandoned by 1925 when it filled with sediment from upstream farming and logging activities.

Idaho Fish and Game officials say tagging and tracking steelhead found a high density of fish in the creek below the dam.

Bob Ries of the National Marine Fisheries Service says there's good spawning habitat above the dam.