BREAKING NEWS: WV’S DAVIS CREEK DAM TO BE REMOVED
A plan to bring trout fishing to a section of Davis Creek upstream of Ellison Lake at the main entrance to Kanawha State Forest includes the removal of the dam creating the 2.2-acre pond. Removal or breaching of the dam would improve the fishery and solve a costly problem of silt build-up — currently more than eight feet deep — in the pond behind it, according to state.
“We’re looking at the choice between what is essentially a dead pond versus a healthy stream,” said Ed Maguire, environmental advocate for the DEP. Maguire said the pond now holds only about 18 inches to two feet of water, due to the more than 30,000 cubic feet of silt that has accumulated beneath it.