The National Fish Passage Program (NFPP) is a voluntary, non-regulatory effort that provides assistance to remove or bypass barriers that impede fish movement to restore fish populations. Since the program began in 1999, NFPP has made significant progress in accomplishing their goal by removing 950 barriers, reopened 15,500 miles of river and 82,000 acres of wetlands. Maintaining and restoring connectivity between different aquatic ecosystems is an important step in recovery and conservation of fish and aquatic species. The Colorado Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office partners with the NFPP and other Federal, State and non-government organizations (like Trout Unlimited) to implement fish passage projects statewide.
The Colorado Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office works with partners and the National Fish Passage Program to increase river connectivity, improve water quality and sediment management. By restoring connectivity and reducing habitat fragmentation, this allows the movement and populations of fish to increase and ultimately contribute to opportunities for sport fishing and the recovery of protected species. Specific projects to re-establish healthy fish populations include removal of culverts in Thompson Creek, the Fountain Creek Habitat Improvement Project and the removal of a dam in Tabequache Creek in the San Miguel drainage.
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