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August 9, 2004

Contacts:  Ken Burton 202-208-5657
                   Morgan Elmer 303-236-4512                                                            `                    Barb Perkins 303-236-4588

 Agency and Partners will Pool $4.8 Million to Remove 91 Fish Passage Barriers in 26 States,Including Montana, Nebraska, Utah, Wyoming

             The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the agency’s partners will pool $4.8 million in 2004 to remove 91 barriers to fish passage in 26 states.

             Service funds for the popular Fish Passage Program, amounting to $2.8 million, will be supplemented by another $2 million in matching funds from a wide array of partners ranging from civic and conservation organizations, local and State governments and other Federal agencies.

             “Since 2001, the Fish Passage Program has removed 158 barriers across the country,” said Interior Secretary Gale Norton.  “The Service, working with local communities and partner agencies, is using a voluntary, non-regulatory approach to restore natural flows and fish migration.  Rivers are running their natural course, habitat has been restored, and the fish are coming back.”

             “Our partners in this program enable us to really stretch taxpayer’s dollars,” Director Steve Williams said.  “That gives us a budget that lets us do far more than we could if we were in this alone.  It’s all voluntary, and it remains one of the most popular programs.”

             Fish Passage works to remove obstructions in waterways that prevent fish from reaching spawning grounds or historic habitat.  Projects can be as small as inserting culverts under roads or railroad tracks or as large as the removal last February of the 95-year-old Embrey Dam near Fredericksburg by a military explosives team.

             Many of the small dams targeted for removal date as far back as the American and Industrial Revolutions.  Those dams were built either to accommodate early barge traffic or to provide power or irrigation for a young country.  As times changed, many of the dams were abandoned but remained in place, serving only to block populations of fish and contributing to their gradual decline.

             Completion of the 2004 projects will open 19,364 acres and more than 3,048 miles of waterways for fish, contributing to larger populations and more recreational fishing opportunities.

            The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 544 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resources offices and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign and Native American tribal governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.

 -fws-

 EDITORS:  A list of projects by State follows.

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STATE

Expected Funds

Expected Matching

No. Barriers

Miles

Acres

Project Waterway

Received

Funds

Removed

Opened

Opened

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALASKA

$505,860

$40,000

16

126

4,180

Anchorage Bowl Inventory

$20,998

 

na

na

 

Kenai Peninsula Inventory

$20,554

 

na

na

 

Matanuska-Susitna Inventory

$25,000

 

na

na

 

Cannery Creek

$10,000

 

1

8

 

Chena Slough

$50,000

$30,000

1

15

 

Muskrat Creek

$35,000

 

1

1

 

Lake Miam

$4,000

 

1

12

 

Chijuk Creek

$5,000

 

1

15

 

Lower Ship Creek

$25,000

 

1

1

 

Upper Piledriver Slough

$50,000

 

1

5

 

Sinona Creek

$5,000

 

1

9

 

Moose Creek

$22,387

 

1

25

 

Two Moose Creek

$15,000

 

1

18

3530

Question Creek

$2,500

$10,000

1

 

650

Morgan's Landing

$25,000

 

1

5

 

Stariski Creek

$35,421

 

1

5

 

Pullen Creek

$35,000

 

1

2

 

Kern Creek

$60,000

 

1

3

 

Rabbit Slough

$60,000

 

1

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARIZONA

$136,400

 

4

10

 

Haigler Creek

$52,000

 

1

2

 

West Turkey Creek

$11,200

 

1

1

 

Black Draw

$13,200

 

1

2

 

Canyon Creek

$60,000

 

1

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CALIFORNIA

$27,000

 

1

 

 

Shasta River

$27,000

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FLORIDA

$90,000

 

5

5

57

Oyster Lake

$50,000

 

4

 

57

Barrier Inventory

$10,000

$5,000

na

na

na

Little Rocky Creek

$30,000

 

1

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GEORGIA

$115,000

$68,000

6

16

 

Rock Creek - Chattahootchie NF

$50,000

$6,000

1

4

 

Dill Creek - Chattahootchie NF

$50,000

$50,000

4

8

 

Falling Creek - Oconee NF

$15,000

$12,000

1

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IOWA

$52,000

$38,200

1

22

 

Shellrock River

$52,000

$38,200

1

22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IDAHO

$28,336

$51,000

3

28

 

Jacknife Creek

$13,000

 

1

5

 

Squaw Creek

$2,336

 

1

5

 

Togoggan Creek

$13,000

$51,000

1

18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ILLINOIS

$60,300

$15,799

2

69

 

Big Rock Creek

$60,300

$15,799

2

69

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAINE

$160,000

Not in total below

3

500

 

Penobscot River

$75,000

$50,000,000

3

500

 

Penobscot River Inventory

$45,000

 

na

na

na

Sheepscot River

$40,000

 

1

25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARYLAND

$85,000

$1,000

3

12

 

Wicomico Creek

$40,000

 

2

12

 

Raven Rock Creek

$30,000

 

1

 

 

Chester River Fishway Evaluation

$15,000

$1,000

na

na

na

 

 

 

 

 

 

MICHIGAN

$96,060

$263,500

3

18

 

Northern Lower MI Watersheds

$55,500

$150,000

2

10

 

Carp River

$40,560

$113,500

1

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MINNESOTA

$100,000

$200,000

1

65

 

Red River

$100,000

$200,000

1

65

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MISSOURI

$82,300

$64,700

2

31

13000

Osage River Basin

$64,700

$64,700

1

17

 

Ditch 11 - Mingo NWR

$17,600

 

1

14

13000

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONTANA

$157,000

$367,040

3

1935

 

Red Rock Lakes NWR

$55,000

$20,000

1

 

 

Tongue River

$50,000

$10,000

1

35

 

Clear Creek

$13,000

2003 two-year project

na

na

na

Blackfoot River

$39,000

$337,040

1

1900

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEBRASKA

$8,800

 

na

na

na

Spaulding Dam

$8,800

2003 two-year project

na

na

na

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEVADA

$89,000

$50,000

na

na

na

Truckee River

$89,000

$50,000

na

na

na

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW YORK

$56,000

 

1

 

120

Peconic River

$56,000

 

1

 

120

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKLAHOMA

$222,000

$208,000

15

10

100

Little River Tributaries

$222,000

$208,000

15

10

100

 

 

 

 

 

 

PENNSYLVANIA

$144,000

$159,000

7

88

 

Susquehanna River Tributaries

$64,000

$100,000

3

30

 

Ridley Creek

$20,000

$59,000

1

8

 

Conodoquinet Creek

$10,000

 

1

25

 

Conococheague Creek

$50,000

 

2

25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEXAS

$17,500

$41,470

1

12

1500

Brundett Lake

$17,500

$41,470

1

12

1500

 

 

 

 

 

 

UTAH

$100,000

$50,000

1

10

 

Provo River

$100,000

$50,000

1

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VERMONT

$35,000

$100,000

2

5

 

Lake Champlain Basin

$35,000

$100,000

2

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WASHINGTON

$338,312

$238,170

7

29

407

Pants Creek

$45,400

$18,410

1

1

1

Cedar Creek

$80,000

$30,000

3

1

 

Washington Culvert Inventory

$55,000

 

na

na

na

St. Andrews Drive

$74,600

$60,000

1

9

400

Satsop Clogualium Road

$40,112

$129,760

1

5

6

White Salmon River

$43,200

 

1

13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEST VIRGINIA

$12,000

 

 

 

 

Shenandoah River Fishway Evaluation

$12,000

 

na

na

na

 

 

 

 

 

 

WISCONSIN

$29,022

$72,000

2

27

 

Vaughn Creek

$16,900

$10,000

1

2

 

Pike River

$12,122

$62,000

1

25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WYOMING

$90,000

 

2

30

 

Mill Creek

$25,000

 

1

20

 

Bull Lake Creek

$45,000

2003 two-year project

na

na

na

Popo Agie

$20,000

 

1

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTALS

$2,836,890

$2,027,879

91

3,048

19,364

  


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