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Trash Blaster

Owner: Village of Lyndonville Electric Department
Location: Lyndonville, VT

Vail Hydro Station


A downstream fish passage facility was constructed at this station, which included new, narrow spaced trashracks to reduce fish entrainment. In order to offset production losses due to the new racks, Fairbanks Mill, Inc. designed and constructed a pneumatic rack blaster system. A large volume of highly compressed air is piped to the base of the racks where, upon release, the “blast” lifts sticks, leaves, and other debris off the racks and allows it to pass over the dam.



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