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A stream restoration project that began with the breaching of the 80-year-old dam at Kanawha State Forest’s Ellison Pond in October 2021 has ended with the creation of a mile-long trout stream with permanent pools, riffles and channels, and stabilized banks.

Built between 1939 and 1940 by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the 100-foot-long, 10-foot-high concrete dam created a two-acre public swimming area equipped with a beach, diving platform, changing rooms and stone steps descending into the cooling waters of Davis Creek.

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Rick Steelhammer is a features reporter. He can be reached at 304-348-5169 or rsteelhammer@hdmediallc

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