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Menominee River fish passage project field review

Region 3, August 16, 2011
Nick Utrup (Green Bay Ecological Services Field Office)in the dark shirt and Jim Hodgson (Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program Region 3 Office) in the white shirt look at the downstream side of the Menominee Dam where the fish lift may be constructed
Nick Utrup (Green Bay Ecological Services Field Office)in the dark shirt and Jim Hodgson (Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program Region 3 Office) in the white shirt look at the downstream side of the Menominee Dam where the fish lift may be constructed - Photo Credit: n/a
Nick Utrup (Green Bay Ecological Services Field Office)shows Jim Hodgson (Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program Region 3 Office) some of the equipment used to track movements of lake sturgeon below the White Rapids Dam on the Menominee River.
Nick Utrup (Green Bay Ecological Services Field Office)shows Jim Hodgson (Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program Region 3 Office) some of the equipment used to track movements of lake sturgeon below the White Rapids Dam on the Menominee River. - Photo Credit: n/a

Nick Utrup of the Green Bay Ecological Services Field Office provided a field tour of several sites on the Menominee River for Jim Hodgson and Paul Glander from the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program Division in the FWS Bloomington, MN Regional Office. The Menominee River forms the boundary between northeast Wisconsin and Michigan's upper penisula. Several hydroelectric dams on the river block upstream movement of lake sturgeon and other fish.

The Menominee Fish Passage Partnership, comprised of state and federal agencies, nonprofit conservation organizations and a private energy company has developed plans to allow lake sturgeon to move past the two dams located between Menominee, MI and Marinette, WI. Funding for construction of a "fish lift" and other facilities has been made available by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative along with the the owner of the dams, North American Hydro.

Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program staff are assisting the Fish Passage Partnership with an assessment of the potential environmental impacts of the project. The environmental assessment must be prepared and approved by the Fish and Wildlife Service before federal funds can be spent for construction of the project.

Contact Info: Paul Glander, 612/713-5134, paul_glander@fws.gov