FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2012
Brian Elkington, 612-713-5168
Katie Steiger-Meister, 612-713-5314
Fish Passage Program Awards $580,000 in 2012
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is pleased to announced $580,000 is being awarded in 2012 through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Fish Passage Program to support projects in the Midwest Region – Great Lakes Basin. Funding will support the removal of nine fish passage barriers, reconnecting more than 38 stream miles. These projects are supported by an additional $2.57 million in matching funds.
Construction of millions of culverts, dams, dikes, water diversions, and other artificial barriers impound and redirect water for flood control, drinking water, electricity, irrigation, and transportation— all changing the natural features of rivers and streams. Balancing the importance of stream connectivity for local fish species with the construction of these structures is a conservation challenge we are working to overcome.
The Service, with its partners, is using GLRI funding to support the removal of barriers to aquatic organism passage. New and ongoing restoration projects have already begun to reverse the harmful impacts of artificial barriers to native fish species and the aquatic environment in the Great Lakes Basin.
2012 GLRI Fish Passage projects in the Midwest include:
Michigan - $116,800 federal funds and $513,800 in partner contributions to help fund the removal of Lyons Dam in Ionia County, Michigan on the Grand River. When completed, it will reopen 16 miles of stream habitat.
Wisconsin - $200,000 on-the-ground federal funds and $459,748 in partner contributions to help fund the replacement of multiple barriers within the Milwaukee River Watershed in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. When completed this project is expected to reopen 20 miles of stream habitat.
For more information about Fisheries restoration in the midwest, visit http://www.fws.gov/midwest/Fisheries/
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