- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

SWANTON, Vt. (AP) - The village of Swanton is planning to renovate an old dam on the Missisquoi River as a hydroelectric facility but environmental groups say the structure should be removed.

The village says it started working with the company Recurrent Hydro on ways to improve the dam after receiving a letter from the state warning about environmental issues with the structure.

Village manager Reg Beliveau told Vermont Public Radio (https://bit.ly/29zkNDE ) that the village would like to turn the dam into a productive hydro facility as well as a learning center to show renewable hydro.

Environmental groups like the Vermont Natural Resources Council and Lake Champlain International say the dam is threatening the downstream ecosystem.

James Ehlers, the executive director of Lake Champlain International, says the dam is in disrepair and leaking.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, https://www.vpr.net

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