Franconia Paper Mill Dam Removal Project

Like all dams, the Franconia Paper Mill dam was blocking the Wells River flow and ability to move sediment and debris downstream. This deadbeat dam in Groton, VT was also a flood and recreation hazard. Now fish can swim upstream to spawn and people can enjoy this stretch of river safely.

As of July 2014, exactly two years after the process began, the Wells River is flowing freely through this area for the first time in over 100 years!