Our senior resident biologist, Randy Turner, has happily reported that American shad have successfully returned to spawn upstream of the former site of the Lowell Mill Dam. The impoundment was drained and the dam removed in December of 2005 by Restoration Systems following five years of planning. This is a major accomplishment for all who were working on the project as it is a testament to the restoration of the site and the natural habitat surrounding the former dam. Biologist Tim Savidge with the Catena Group has been monitoring the passage, as well as points upstream and downstream, since the spawning season began this Spring, to track the progress of the shad’s return. He has reported that they have also been sighted at the Atkinson Mill Dam in Johnston County and Buffalo Creek in Caldwell County. Both of those points are located upstream from Lowell. We will keep you updated on their progress!
Tim displays the shad caught today at the former
Lowell Mill Dam site.