WEST WINDSOR, Vt. (AP) — Environmental officials say they are working to remove several dams from the Connecticut River that prevent it from supporting the ecosystem.

The Valley News reports (http://bit.ly/2ioCu2n ) the river steward with the Connecticut River Conservancy met with the members of the river's Joint Commissions on Monday to discuss the dam removal process.

Ron Rhodes says the dams impede the river's water flow and block the paths of spawning trout. Rhodes says few of the dams still serve a purpose today.

Vermont Democratic Rep. David Deen, who previously served as the river steward, says not all of the locations of the dams are known as the state does not have an official register.

He is sponsoring a bill that would require people to register their dams, impose regulations and require safety inspections.