The Bristol Brass Dam is located on the Pequabuck River at the intersection of Routes 72 and 229. No longer serving any purpose, the dam is a full barrier to fish passage and interferes with the natural hydrology of the river, slightly raising flood elevations upstream. Removal of the dam will open 8.5 stream-miles to fish swimming upstream from Long Island Sound. This project will enhance the river’s ecosystem, improve opportunities for anglers in Bristol, and provide an impetus for the development of an adjacent City park which will offer pedestrians and cyclists a safe greenway through the area.
This project has the support of the City of Bristol, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Pequabuck River Watershed Association, the Farmington River Watershed Association, American Rivers, the Farmington Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the Lower Farmington River & Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic Study Committee, and the North Central Conservation District.
Permit and grant preparation for this project are ongoing. Required permits and remaining construction funds are expected to be secured in 2013.