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Dam removal: UD receives grant to restore habitat in White Clay Creek

Dam removal:  UD receives grant to restore habitat in White Clay Creek

The White Clay Creek — a designated National Wild and Scenic River near Newark, Del. — will benefit from an $85,606 grant awarded to the University of Delaware through a national partnership between American Rivers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

American Rivers selected the White Clay Creek restoration project in Delaware as one of just six projects from more than 200 grant applications submitted nationwide. Projects in California, Delaware, Massachusetts, and Oregon will receive restoration grants. Delaware’s project is titled “White Clay Creek Dam No. 1 Removal.”

Removing White Clay Creek’s Dam No. 1, a historic colonial mill timber-crib dam built around 1777 near present-day Delaware Park, will reopen 3.5 miles and 42 acres of spawning habitat along the waterway in New Castle County for passage of anadromous fish (American shad, hickory shad, and herring) for the first time in over two centuries. It will also improve public safety, as the dam is in disrepair and in danger of failing.