Hyde Dam

Name of Project: Hyde Dam

Location: East Bethel, VT

River: Second Branch of the White River

Type of Project: Public Access, Dam Removal, River Restoration

Public Access:  Yes

Date Completed: September, 2018

Size: .42 acres                   

Water Frontage:  2000’

Landowner: Vermont River Conservancy

Project Partners:  White River Partnership      

Funding Partners:  Upper Connecticut Mitigation and Enhancement Program

Property Description:  Historic mill site and deteriorating dam purchased to enable removal of the dam to enhance in-stream habitat and provide public access for fishing, boating, swimming.     

Project Background:  The village of East Bethel was a thriving mill village during the waterpower era  (late 1700’s through 1950’s)– and the “Hyde Dam” provided the energy necessary to drive the mill works of a sawmill, gristmill, creamery works, and a large woolen mill employing over 30 workers in 1860.  With the demise of water power as a primary source of industrial energy, the various mills were abandoned until the current era where only the stone foundations remain.  The White River Partnership (WRP) obtained funding to purchase the Hyde Dam property and conduct engineering studies to facilitate removal of the dam.  VRC agreed to orchestrate the purchase of the property from a private landowner and hold title to the property during the removal of the dam.  Upon completion of the dam removal project VRC and WRP will develop the historic site as a public access area to access the Second Branch for angling, swimming and boating.

Directions: We will provide directions upon project completion.

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