HOOSIER DAM REMOVAL
CHATHAM COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
Hoosier Dam is a concrete buttress dam with an attached hydroelectric powerhouse. The dam was built in 1922, and is constructed of reinforced concrete, with a total length of 235 feet and an average structural height of 25 feet.
In 2016 Unique Places applied for and received a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant to complete the environmental, engineering, and construction related components of dam removal. Unique Places is currently managing the project and working with our engineering firm partners to successfully complete this project.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) has designated sections of the Rocky River upstream and downstream from Hoosier Dam, as well as a section of Bear Creek just below the dam, as Critical Habitat for the Cape Fear Shiner, a federally listed endangered species. The non-impounded sections of the Rocky River and Bear Creek exhibit very high quality riverine habitat that supports a diverse collection of aquatic species including the Cape Fear Shiner and other species of concern. The dam represents a significant blockage to fish migration and as a result, USFWS has documented declines in the disconnected population upstream of the dam.
Unique Places understands that removal of the blockage created by the dam to provide access to these high-quality reaches is a substantial long-term benefit to these aquatic communities.