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R1 Success Story: Pownal Dam, Pownal, VT

A nonfunctioning 1900s dam that once powered industry has been brought back to life and now provides electricity to a nearby college, a medical center and town buildings in the small town of Pownal. The cleanup and redevelopment of the Pownal Dam by a public-private partnership has helped the region reach its renewable energy goals.

Pownal Dam was selected as a Brownfields site by grantees who wanted to help the developer rehabilitate the defunct dam. This federal funding, vital to the redevelopment, helped motivate developers to begin work on a significant project that is a model for how local, state, federal and private entities can work together. The outcomes of this project include cleaner waterways and the production of green energy.

Read the following Brownfields Success Story fact sheet for more information about Pownal Dam, Pownal, Vermont.

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