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Sequoia Road Bridge Passes Final Inspection
Midwest Region, October 2, 2009
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Missouri Department of Conservation and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service staff cut the ceremonial
Missouri Department of Conservation and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service staff cut the ceremonial "Danger" ribbon for the Sequoia Road low water crossing in Miller County, Missouri on October 2, 2009. Also present are members of the Miller County Commission, local landowners and representatives from Harms Engineering. Photo Credit: Mark Corio, USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a
New free span structure on Sequoia Road over the Barren Fork, Miller County, Missouri. Project completed to increase passage for the threatened Niangua darter. Photo credit: Mark Corio, USFWS
New free span structure on Sequoia Road over the Barren Fork, Miller County, Missouri. Project completed to increase passage for the threatened Niangua darter. Photo credit: Mark Corio, USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a

Staff from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Columbia Fish & Wildlife Conservation Office, Missouri Department of Conservation, Miller County and Harms Engineering participated in a ribbon cutting event. The Sequoia Road crossing over the Barren Fork project was finally completed!

The old crossing was a concrete slab with perched culverts which restricted movements of the threatened Niangua darter. Service funding was provided by the National Fish Passage program and the Missouri Ecological Services office. Additional funding was also provided by the Federal and State Emergency Management Agencies due to damages incurred during a 2008 flooding disaster. Miller County Commission provided in-kind services for bridge removal, road approaches and project oversight. Missouri Department of Conservation provided project coordination and fish monitoring.

The new free span structure will allow for natural stream movement, sediment transport and movements of the Niangua darter and other native aquatic organisms. In addition to celebrating the opening of this bridge crossing, we were celebrating a successful partnership. Several more low water crossings in Miller County have been identified as barriers to Niangua darters by the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Service. We hope to work collectively to improve those sites in the future.


Contact Info: Joanne Grady, 573-234-2132 x101, joanne_grady@fws.gov



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