Is dam removal an option?
Removal of the dam would allow the river to flow freely and native fish species to migrate upstream to spawning habitat. However, the current County Board-adopted policy for the Kletzsch dam project includes east abutment dam repairs, improved public river access/overlook, and the fish passage.
While dam removal is NOT included or considered in the adopted policy, removal of the dam would likely not impact the 100-year floodplain downstream from the dam and, therefore, could be permitted. However, the existing dam is structurally in good condition and can support the proposed fish passage. A new dam is NOT necessary to incorporate fish passage.