Removing Barriers in the Marengo River
A Watershed Effort to Restore Cold Water Fisheries
BY TED KOEHLER, ASHLAND FWCO
The two recently completed projects support the Marengo Watershed Action Plan’s goal of barrier removal through restoration of the two high priority sites on tributaries to the Marengo River. The former barriers prevented movement of brook trout and other aquatic organisms, fragmenting habitat and limiting access to upstream spawning, rearing and feeding habitats.
The restoration work performed here continues the partnership tradition in the Bad River watershed to remove barriers and improve habitat for native brook trout, inventory culverts, monitor habitat changes, and engage citizens. Many of these efforts have been funded in part by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in cooperation with the Ashland County Land and Water Conservation Department (LWCD), Bayfield County LWCD, Iron County LWCD, BRWA, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey, the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission.