*Dam Removal to Begin in Late August 2019
The Valley View Foundation and the Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District, with support from the Batavia Village Council, are working to remove the low-head dam on the East Fork Little Miami River in downtown Batavia. The dam is no longer in use, as the Village is currently supplied water through Clermont County. Removal of the dam will eliminate a public hazard and will also restore this impaired section of river.
Low-head dams can be dangerous, as they increase the risk of injury and drowning for those who fish, swim, or boat near the structures. Low-head dams also ruin river habitat because the dam creates an unnatural lake-like pool upstream of the structure. The dam also prevents the normal migration of fish and other species by essentially creating a wall in the river channel. Removal of the dam would remove that barrier and restore the river to a natural, free-flowing condition. Over time, the diversity and abundance of native fish, mussels and other species will improve.
Removal of the dam will also provide safer recreational opportunities in the Village of Batavia. Many local residents have expressed support for the dam removal and safer recreational opportunities (e.g. fishing, canoeing) in the future.
The dam removal and river restoration activities will begin in late August 2019. For additional information about the project, please contact the Valley View Foundation or Clermont SWCD.
This project is being funded with a grant from the Ohio EPA; representatives from Ohio EPA will help guide the river restoration activities.
Use this link to view American River’s video on dam removals: Taking a Second Look: Communities and Dam Removal