Dyn-o-mite! Dam Removal in Virginia

The federal government has agreed to pay 1.5 million dollars to remove a 92-year-old dam on the Pigg river outside Rocky Mount to save the endangered Roanoke logperch. The dam was built in 1915 to supply electric power to the Bald Knob Furniture Company, but hasn’t been used since the 1950s. Virginia’s first whitewater park would replace the dam’s 22-foot drop with a series of six smaller drops.

The Roanoke logperch is a large darter that occurs only in Virginia. Within the Roanoke drainage, logperch can be found in the upper Roanoke, Pigg, and Smith rivers and some of their larger tributaries. Roanoke logperch have been placed on the federal endangered species list.

For more dam demolition media:

Check out the pictures of the Lowell Dam Demolition with dynamite in 2005 to restore migratory fish to 39 miles of stream and river in Johnston County, N.C

Check out the Horse Creek Dam Removal (Turn up the bass!)