Removing Goodwin’s Mill Dam

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We set Big Canoe Creek free in November 2013 for the first time in 130 years by removing Goodwin’s Mill Dam! Check out our short video highlighting the history of the dam and actual footage of the dam removal and bank restoration!

Goodwin's Mill Dam Big Canoe Creek is an important tributary to the Coosa. Removing Goodwin’s Mill Dam restored the natural aquatic habitat allowing some of the 30+ unique species of fish found immediately downstream of the former dam to move upstream. We restored the stream bank with willows and dogwoods to control severe erosion that was not only destroying private property but also sending massive amounts of dirt downstream where it harmed aquatic species. Removing this dam is good for creek critters and recreational users alike! We’re pretty dam(n) proud of this work!

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Thank you to our project partners: Friends of Big Canoe Creek, Alabama Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Geological Survey of Alabama, Alabama Ecological Services Field Office