Cold Brook is a roughly 5-mile long tributary to the North Branch of the Deerfield River. The small hydro dam was no longer generating power, and the private landowner gave permission for this river restoration project in order to improve fish passage for native trout and other aquatic organisms. State data shows good to excellent fish and aquatic organism health in the brook, so removal would protect and enhance that habitat for even more river critters. The Connecticut River Conservancy (CRC) & U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service removed the dam in August 2018.
Find a time-lapse video of the dam removal here.