A dam has been removed and the fish are already there. Last year, the Columbia Dam on the Paulins Kill, which is a tributary of the Delaware River was removed. Although they expected migratory fish like shad would return eventually, they never expected it to be less than a year after the dam was removed. The dam was constructed 109 years ago to provide power to the region and in its old age was no longer producing enough power to be worth operating. So the state decided to free the 40-mile long tributary and return it to its free-flowing original state. And last week, reports of anglers catching…and releasing American and Hickory shad in waters above where the dam previously stood. Hopefully, more and more fish will be following the shad’s example and begin using the stream as they once did.

Source: Lehigh Valley Live.

Featured Image: Saed Hindash | For lehighvalleylive.com

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