Midwest Region
Conserving the Nature of America

A Celebration of Fish Passage Success in Cleveland, Ohio

April 20, 2011


Euclid Creek Celebration Details
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The Euclid Creek East Branch Dam in Cuyahoga County, Ohio was successfully removed this past December, restoring stream flow for the first time since the dam was constructed in the early 1930s. A celebration of the stream restoration effort, a culmination of six years of work by project partners, will take place on Thursday, April 21 at the Cleveland Metroparks Euclid Creek Reservation.

"The Great Lakes are a high priority for this Region, including the watersheds that feed into Lake Erie," said Tom Melius, Service Midwest Regional Director. "They provide not only a multi-million dollar economic stimulus by way of commercial and recreational fishing and boating, but their tributaries also provide critical drinking water to millions of people. The benefit of the partnerships created through the Fish Passage Program is amplified by urban restoration projects such as this one."

The project was the first of six dam removal projects identified in the watershed to be removed in the Euclid Creek Watershed Action Plan, endorsed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Ohio EPA in 2006. Financial assistance for the project was provided through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Fish Passage Program (NFPP), and through other Federal and State funding.

"The Euclid Creek project, located in the heart of a major metropolitan area, is a prime example of urban restoration made possible through partnerships and collaboration between Federal, state, and municipal entities," said Mike Weimer, Assistant Regional Director of the Midwest Fisheries Program.

Please join the Euclid Creek Watershed Program Project Partners to celebrate removal of the Euclid Creek East Branch Dam!

When: Thursday, April 21st from 5:00pm-7:00pm

Where: Cleveland Metroparks Euclid Creek Reservation, Upper Highland Reserved Picnic Area

What: Project partners will be hosting a public meeting and tour to celebrate the removal of the Euclid Creek East Branch Dam, the culmination of six years of work. Several speakers will briefly discuss the fish passage and stream restoration project, followed by a short hike to the overlook of the former dam site. Meet the project partners and funders pivotal in making this project happen.

Launched by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1999, the National Fish Passage Program (NFPP) is a voluntary, non-regulatory effort that provides financial and technical assistance to remove or bypass artificial barriers that impede the movement of fish and contribute to their decline.

For the official Web site of Cuyahoga County's Euclid Creek Watershed Program visit http://www.cuyahogaswcd.org/EuclidCreekFiles/EuclidCreekthehomepage.htm.
For more information about the Service's National Fish Passage Program visit http://www.fws.gov/fisheries/fwco/fishpassage/.

Last updated: February 12, 2013