EAST BURKE, Vt. (AP) — Water is now flowing freely down a Vermont river after an old dam was removed.

WCAX-TV reports the East Burke-area dam on the Passumpsic River was first built in 1931 and had not been in use since the 1950s. The dam was also causing a buildup of sediment and blocked fish from swimming upstream.

It took about five weeks for the dam to be fully removed, and the removal was the end of a 17-year-long effort from the Passumpsic Valley Land Trust, who recently sought help from the Connecticut River Conservancy.

The conservancy says it will lead a revitalization project in the spring to add trees and grass alongside the river's banks. Officials say sediment removed from the river can be used for East Burke road projects.

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Information from: WCAX-TV, http://www.wcax.com