Conserving this Nation’s fish and other aquatic resources cannot be successful without the partnership of Tribes; they manage or influence some of the most important aquatic habitats both on and off reservations. In addition, the Federal government and the Service have distinct and unique obligations toward Tribes based on trust responsibility, treaty provisions, and statutory mandates.
Fish are on the move in the White Earth Reservation
A fish passage structure built below the dam at Many Point Lake on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota has fish on the move. Large rocks and boulders were placed in the river below the dam to elevate the river bottom and to lessen the steepness of the ascent fish make up stream. That allows them to pass over the dam. Three weirs built with big boulders create shallow pools and eddies, dissipating stream-flow energy. Boulders were also placed at river’s edge to stabilize the banks where willows and grasses were planted for the same purpose.
This “fish ladder” was a product of cooperative work between the White Earth Natural Resources Department, La Crosse Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, the Boy Scouts of America, and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. It was paid for by a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant to the White Earth NRD to further lake sturgeon management—opening access to more habitats. Two days of work by many people will provide fish habitat for many years. (Scott Yess).
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