The removal of the Bražuolė Dam is another barrier removal that made history – it was the first official dam removal in Lithuania.
The dam was situated on the 22.7km-long Bražuolė River. The Bražuolė flows through the Elektrenai municipality north-west of Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, and is a tributary of the Neris River which joins the Nemunas River on its way out into the Baltic Sea.
The Bražuolė River has an important role to play in the ecology of the area as it forms part of the Neris Regional Park, a Natura 2000 site. Created in 1992, the 10,000-hectare Park is the most heavily-wooded of Lithuania’s regional parks and includes one of the largest and oldest surviving stands of oak trees in the country. The Park was established to preserve the glaciated landscape of the Neris valley, its distinctive flora and fauna and the remains of Lithuanian cultural heritage going back for over 10,000 years.