Work has begun at Hopewell Mills, and lowering of the spillway will start this week. Trees have been cleared from the top of the dam, roots and all. These trees with their root wads will be reserved and used in the former impoundment to give structure to the new stream channel and provide habitat and bank stability.
The construction crew will be lowering the impoundment by moving gates that exist in the old dam, releasing water downstream. When water levels drop, the concrete spillway will be lowered using a hydraulic hammer. This part of the work will most likely begin on Thursday.