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Project Removes Dam To Protect Endangered Crayfish

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Posted at 5:13 PM, Jun 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 01:58:12-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The ecosystem has always seemed large, but it's the little things that make a big difference!

A project has gotten underway to remove a dam and protect the endangered Nashville crayfish.

The project has been in the works for years, but most all of the hands on work happened Wednesday.

Removing the dam was done to help the crayfish move more freely, which was needed to survive and migrate.

The removal of the dam wasn't just helping one species, it's helping them all.

“It's a big system and taking out a little dam like this, it really helps increase the health of Seven Mile Creek, the whole creek because it's helping with aquatic habitat,” said Adam Spiller, project manager. “So these are really important things that the streams provide.”

The project manager went on to say that by removing the dam, a brand new habitat would be visible.

Seven Mile Creek flows into Mill Creek, and the area was believed to be the only home for crayfish.