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Cheri Patterson, N.H. Fish and Game Department, (603) 868-1095
Jim Gallagher, Department of Environmental Services, (603) 271-1961
October 7, 2003

Winnicut River Drawdown for Dam Maintenance Begins Oct. 14

DURHAM, N.H. -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and Department of Environmental Services will start a gradual drawdown of the Winnicut River impoundment in Greenland, N.H., starting October 14, 2003, for dam maintenance. The drawdown should take approximately one week, depending on water levels and maintenance needs.

The drawdown process will occur gradually to allow the fish and wildlife to adapt to the lowering water levels over time. Once the drawdown and maintenance efforts are complete, the impoundment will be allowed to fill up to its former height. The fishway adjacent to the dam will be operational after the impoundment has filled, to allow any fish that may have gone downstream to ascend to their original habitat.

The current dam was built in the 1950s and is owned by N.H. Fish and Game. The top maintenance priority is to replace the stop logs of the sluiceway on the dam. Their replacement will alleviate concerns that the existing stop logs could break, which would result in an uncontrolled drawdown of the impoundment. Fish and Game biologists have determined that this is the best time of year to replace the stop logs, which have been in place for more than 25 years. Other maintenance issues will be taken care of as needed while the water is low.

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