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This summer, biologists, farmers and town leaders representing the town of Troy, Idaho will assemble on the west fork of Little Bear Creek to demolish a 10-foot high dam that’s been blocking steelhead from natural spawning habitat since 1919.

The Dutch Flat Dam was originally constructed near the logging town to create a drinking-water source. Though silt has choked the creek and it hasn’t been used by the community since 1926, the dam remains.

An article from the Washington Post says it’s the latest in a string of efforts to remove barriers and allow wild steelhead, an endangered species fish prized by many anglers, to have a better shot at reproducing naturally.

“What’s really amazing is that those fish were so tough to make it, without being able to go by the dam for so many years,” Troy Mayor Ken Whitney said. “Hopefully, we’re going to help them out a bit.”

Whitney went on to say he hopes demolition will begin by mid-August and be completed by October 31 when fall rains typically swell rivers. Without the dam, steelhead will be able to access another five miles of suitable habitat.

Photo by Latah Soil and Water Conservation District

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