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Walton’s Mill dam removal, park improvements outlined in Farmington

FARMINGTON — Selectmen on Tuesday evening were told design plans for improvements to Walton’s Mill Park Plan should be nearly complete in about two weeks, with a final plan ready in October.

“We’re moving along in our design phase, we’re at 75% of the design,” Maranda Nemeth, project manager for the Atlantic Salmon Federation, said.

Voters approved the $1.2 million Walton’s Mill Dam project in November 2018, a year after a fish passage study was approved. The project will remove the dam so endangered Atlantic salmon can travel up Temple Stream to spawn.

Dam removal and park improvements will be done in three phases with construction starting in 2021, Nemeth said.

“We’ll use the existing sluice gate, after ice out in the spring,” she said. “Opening the gate will result in a more gradual drawdown. It usually rains a lot in the spring. It could take up to 45 days.

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