Millstream River

Man-made rock dam

Waterfront property

Millstream 30

Monday, August 24, 2009


Cottage with a waterfront access to the river. Old ATV crossing not used any more. A big man made dam was built across the river. Adult fish migrate to reproduce, find food, escape predators, and locate deeper hibernation spots when winter comes. The construction of a dam from rocks and logs prevents fish from swimming freely and finding what they need to survive. In addition, dams have a tendency to divert the current. As a result, the current accelerates the erosion of the surrounding banks, which creates sedimentation problems in the watercourse.

Action Required:

The rock dam should be removed in order to slow down the erosion process. The buffer zone should also be restored. It is relatively simple to restore a buffer zone because all you need to do is let nature take its course. The first step consists of simply not cutting the strip beside the water. Before long, natural vegetation will reclaim its rights and benefit your property. Shortly after that, shrubs and trees will take root.

Negligible alteration

Minor alteration. Must follow site

Alteration with possibility of impact

Alteration with impact. Recommended intervention.

Full restoration

incomplete restoration or monitor

Restoration to be completed