Both Dams On Big Hungry To Be Removed!
September 2011: The NC Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Commission (NC DENR WRC) plans to remove both dams on Big Hungry and put out a request for proposals to do the work. The closing date for the "letters of interest" was Oct. 7th, and several engineering firms responded. These will get whittled down to a few and then one of the firms will be selected. The actual work itself will depend on final (likely federal) funding, and will perhaps cost on the order of $700,000, a number that was mentioned in the NCDENR WRC request. The timeline mentioned recently puts this next phase around 6 months to a 1 year out.
The earliest mention of the Big Hungry dams being considered for removal (that I could find) is from a 2008 NC Ecosystem Enhancement Program power-point presentation on dam removal. Here is the pdf file. The EEP is a DENR initiative.
Although it will be a mess whenever the project gets going, this is GREAT news for Big Hungry and for fans of free-flowing rivers everywhere. Untold tons of sediment will be removed from behind the dams, including the log-jam behind the lower dam, and everybody's a winner.....the aquatic ecosytem, the fishermen, hikers, and paddlers alike. Sediment issues in the Green River watershed are discussed a bit further on this AW page.
November 2012 article in Blue Ridge Now. Febuary 2015 article in Blue Ridge Now.
Seen above is a photo of the upper dam. There are a few photos of the lower dam on the AW Big Hungry page. Here is a one minute video from atop the upper dam.
Below is a blown-up portion of a topo map showing Big Hungry River from the upper dam to the confluence with the Green Narrows. The upper dam is just north of Big Hungry Road and can be seen drawn on the map. The lower dam is not drawn on the map but is located downstream about where the "house" is along the creek on river left (eastern side), and before the confluence with the Narrows. From where the road crosses the creek to the Narrows is said to be 1.3 miles. This map is just an out-of-scale little snippit. To view the entire map, go to this Libre Map Project page and open the "Cliffield Mountain" quad map. The Pulliam Creek Trail is not shown on the map below, but the county line does. The Pulliam Creek Trail begins a bit out of frame and further to the right.
Kevin Colburn (American Whitwater's National Stewardship Director) has made an AW Project Page that is following the dam removal. American Whitewater has long been an advocate nationwide for free-flowing rivers. Read more about AW's work in dam removal here________(get linkie).
Below is a pic from Summer 2011 showing the upper dam. Info on this pic here.
September 2011: I'm just tossing up this page to start collecting information about what will likely be a multi-year process, with photos/articles/documents, etc. Please send things along if you find them. Some other Green River maps can be found here. If you are a new visitor to this site and are curious about the Green Narrows, go to American Whitewater's Green Narrows page. Thanks,,,,,John Pilson,,,,johnpilson at the gmail
|Author:||Dylan McKinney||Location:||@Big Hungry Creek Big Hungry Road to Green, NC|
|Subject:||Big Hungry upper dam||Rapid:||Upper Dam Slide|
|AW Photo ID:||879790||AW Reach ID:|
author of photo John Pilson