Fisheries, Midwest Region
Conserving the Nature of America

National Fish Passage Program (NFFP)

The National Fish Passage Program (NFFP) was launched by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1999. It is a voluntary, non-regulatory effort that provides federal funds and technical assistance to remove or bypass artificial barriers in streams. One of the greatest threats to native fishes throughout the Midwest Region is habitat fragmentation by barriers that impede access by fish and other organisms to important habitats. Streams in the Midwest Region contain more than 15,000 dams over six feet high, as well as many thousands of smaller barriers including small dams and perched culverts.

The Goal of the Natioal Fish Passage Program
The goal of the NFFP is to restore native fish and other aquatic species to self-sustaining levels by reconnecting habitats that have been fragmented by artificial barriers, where such reconnection results in a positive ecological effect. Carterville Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office (FWCO) works with its partners to identify and develop fish passage projects in the Mississippi River watershed in Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. Carterville FWCO has provided funding and technical assistance for small dam removals, rock ramp fishways, and road-stream crossings. For more information please click on the links below. If you are interested in developing a fish passage project in our area, please contact Nate Caswell, Carterville FWCO Fish Passage Coordinator at (618) 997-6869 ext. 12 or nate_caswell@fws.gov.