CONTACT:
Doug Grout, (603) 868-1095
Jane Vachon, (603) 271-3211
Adam Burnett, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, (978) 318-8547
September 8, 2005


Public Information Meeting on Wiswall Dam Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Project in Durham

DURHAM, N.H. -- The public will have an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about a proposed aquatic ecosystem restoration project to restore anadromous fish passage and river habitat on the Lamprey River in the vicinity of Wiswall Dam in Durham, N.H., at a public information meeting to be held on September 20, 2005, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Durham Town Hall, Town Council Chambers, at 15 Newmarket Road in Durham (click here to skip to directions).

This project is being conducted under Section 206 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1996, P.L. 104-303, as amended. The draft Environmental Assessment for this project was released to the public on August 29, 2005, with a 30-day comment period.

The proposed project involves the construction of a nature-like bypass channel to restore anadromous fish passage around Wiswall Dam, allowing anadromous fish access to an additional 43 miles of river habitat upstream of the dam. The bypass channel also is intended to reconnect riverine habitat upstream and downstream of the dam by providing continuous riverine habitat within the constructed channel. The bypass channel will be approximately 1,100 feet long and 15 to 30 feet wide, and will cross Durham town-owned land and private land. Native anadromous fish species potentially affected by the dam include American shad, river herring and Atlantic salmon.

This project is being proposed by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and the U.S Army Corps of Engineers. Additional partners include the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, the National Park Service, the Town of Durham, the University of New Hampshire, the Lamprey River Advisory Committee and the Lamprey River Watershed Association.

For additional information, contact:

  • New Hampshire Fish And Game Department, Doug Grout, by phone at (603) 868-1095 or email dgrout@nhfgd.org.

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mr. Adam Burnett, by phone at (978) 318-8547 or email adam.w.burnett@usace.army.mil

Information on this project is also available online at www.nae.usace.army.mil under "New Hampshire, Projects".

Directions to Durham Town Hall from Manchester area:

-Heading on Route 101 East towards Portsmouth, take the Epping - Route 125 Exit (Exit 7).
-Take a left onto Route 125 - heading north. Stay on Route 125 North until to the Lee Traffic Circle (the only circle you will come to).
-Take the first exit off the circle, which will be Route 4 East, towards Durham.
-Continue for approximately 3-4 miles until coming to a set of lights. Go through the lights and take the next exit, which is Route 108 Newmarket, approximately 1/2 mile from the lights.
-At the end of the exit ramp bear right onto Route 108/Newmarket Road.
-Approximately 1 mile down on Route 108 is a set of lights. Take a left at the lights, which is still Route 108, heading towards Newmarket.
-Just after taking the left, there is a white building on the left (Durham Town Hall). Turn in at the second entrance, which is Schoolhouse Lane, and park behind the building. After entering the double set of doors, immediately to the right is the Council chambers.


Directions to Durham Town Hall From Portsmouth area:

-Take Spaulding Turnpike North to Route 4 (exit 6W).
- take exit for Route 108 Newmarket.
-At the end of the exit ramp bear left onto Route 108/Newmarket Road.
-Approximately 1 mile down on Route 108 is a set of lights. Take a left at the lights, which is still Route 108, heading towards Newmarket.
-Just after taking the left, there is a white building on the left (Durham Town Hall). Turn in at the second entrance, which is Schoolhouse Lane and park behind the building. After entering the double set of doors, immediately to the right is the Council chambers.


Directions to Durham Town Hall From Concord area:

-Heading on the 393 Bypass to Route 4 going through Northwood.
-Go through the Epsom Traffic Circle, continuing East on Route 4 until coming to the Lee Traffic Circle.
-Take the second exit off the circle, which will be Route 4 East towards Durham.
-Continue for approximately 3-4 miles until coming to a set of lights. Go through the lights and take the next exit, which is Route 108 Newmarket, approximately 1/2 mile from the lights.
-At the end of the exit ramp bear right onto Route 108/Newmarket Road.
-Approximately 1 mile down on Route 108 is a set of lights. Take a left at the lights, which is still Route 108, heading towards Newmarket.
-Just after taking the left, there is a white building on the left (Durham Town Hall). Turn in at the second entrance, which is Schoolhouse Lane and park behind the building. After entering the double set of doors, immediately to the right is the Council chambers.

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