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Habitat Restoration Highlights - 2014 Projects

National Fish Passage Program

The following on-the-ground projects were funded and initiated by local offices through the National Fish Passage Program:

Office: Appalachian Coordinator’s Office
 Project: Former Marion Ice Plant Dam Removal
 Location: Middle Fork Holston River, Smyth County, Marion, VA
 Benefits: 8 Federally listed freshwater mussel & fish species
 Outcome:  1 obstruction removed, 15 miles access restored, 0.1 mile instream restoration; socioeconomic value estimated at $8.0M
 Cost: $51,000
 Partner: VDGIF, Upper Tennessee River Roundtable, PFW, Region 4, Marion-VA
 Status:  Agreement in place & will be conducted in-house

Office: Appalachian Coordinator’s Office
Project: Himmelwright Run Perched Culvert Replacement
 Location: Cacapon River, Capon Springs, WV
 Benefits: Brook trout
 Outcome: 1 obstruction removed, 4.5 miles access restored, 2 acres upland restored; socioeconomic value estimated at $2.4M
 Cost: $33,000
 Partner: TU, WVDNR
 Status: Agreement in place

Office: Appalachian Coordinator’s Office
Project: IDA Low Water Bridge Removal
 Location: Middle Fork Holston River, Chilhowie, VA
 Benefits: 8 Federally listed freshwater mussel & fish species
 Outcome: 1 obstruction removed, 1.5 miles access restored, 0.2 mile instream restoration; socioeconomic value estimated at $802,500
 Cost: $46,000
 Partner: Appalachian Sustainable Development, Town of Chilhowie-VA, Upper Tennessee River Roundtable, FWS-PFW, VA DGIF, Region 4
 Status: Agreement in place & will be conducted in-house

Office:  Appalachian Coordinator’s Office
Project:  Hart Ford Low Water Bridge Removal
Location:  North Fork Holston River, Gate City, VA
 Benefits: 10 Federally listed freshwater mussel & fish species
 Outcome: 1 obstruction removed, 6 miles access restored, 0.25 mile instream restoration; socioeconomic value estimated at $3.2M
 Cost: $57,000
 Partner: FWS-PFW, Landowners, NRCS, Region 4
 Status: Agreement in place & will be conducted in-house

Office:  Appalachian Coordinator’s Office
Project:  Natalie Knitting Mill Dam Removal
Location:  Middle Fork Holston River, Marion, VA
 Benefits: 8 Federally listed freshwater mussels
 Outcome: 1 obstruction removed, 15 miles access restored,  0.5 mile instream restoration; socioeconomic value estimated at $8M
 Cost: Total Cost est. $98,000; FWS Contribution: $50,000
 Partner: FWS-PFW, VDOT, Smyth County, VA
 Status: Agreement in place

Office:  Central New England Fishery Resources Office
Project: Third Herring Brook Mill Pond Dam Removal
 Location: Third Herring Brook, Norwell & Hanover, MA
 Benefits: Blueback herring, alewife, American eel
 Outcome: 1 obstruction removed, 1 miles access restored; socioeconomic value estimated at $535,000
 Cost: $411,500 (Total Project Cost); $50,000 - FWS Contribution
 Partner: MA DER, South Shore Young Men's Christian Association, MA Environmental Trust, Mass Bays Program, North & South River Watershed Association, Sheehan Family Foundation, NRCS
 Status: Agreement in place

Office: Central New England Fishery Resources Office
Project: Ed Bill's Pond Dam Removal Sediment Management
Location: East Branch Eightmile River, North Lyme, New London County, CT
 Benefits: Alewife, blueback herring, American eel
 Outcome: 1 obstruction removed, 8.3 miles access restored; socioeconomic value estimated at $4.4M
 Cost: $170,000 (Total Project Cost); $50,000 - FWS Contribution
 Partner: The Nature Conservancy
 Status: Agreement in process

Office: Central New England Fishery Resources Office
Project: Armstrong Dam Removal Engineering
 Location: Fore River, Norfolk County, Braintree, MA
 Benefits: Blueback herring, alewife, American eel
 Outcome: Design and permitting to remove 1 obstruction and eventually restore 2 miles access; socioecomic value once completed estimated at $1.1M
 Cost: $762,000 (Total Project Cost); $39,231 - FWS Contribution
 Partner: Braintree-MA, Messina Enterprises, MA DMF, Fore River Watershed Association
 Status: Agreement in process

Office: Connecticut River Coordinator’s Office
Project: Straight Pond Dam Removal
 Location: Poquetanuck Brook, Preston, CT
 Benefits: River herring
 Outcome: 1 obstruction removed, 2.5 miles access restored; socioeconomic value estimated at $1.3M
  Cost: $16,637
 Partner: SBMNWR, CTDEEP
 Status: Will be conducted in-house

Office: Connecticut River Coordinator’s Office
Project: Karp Family Dam Removal
 Location: Stony Brook, Suffield, CT
 Benefits: Blueback herring
 Outcome: 1 obstruction removed, 1 mile access restored; socioeconomic value estimated at $535,000
  Cost: $33,363
 Partner: SBMNWR, CTDEEP
 Status: Will be conducted in-house

Office: Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Resource Office
Project: Groton Dam Removal
Location: Wells River, Caledonia County, Groton, VT
 Benefits: Brook trout
 Outcome: 1 obstruction removed, 22 miles access restored; socioeconomic value estimated at $11.8M
Cost: $50,000
 Partner: American Rivers, CRWC, NFHAP-EBTJV, Great Lakes Fisheries Commission, NH Charitable Foundation, Patagonia, VT, FWS-PFW
 Status: Project Completed July 2014

Office: Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Resource Office
Project: American Great Outdoors Culvert Replacement
Location: Lockwood Brook, Washington County, Fayston, VT
 Benefits: Brook trout
 Outcome: 1 obstruction removed, 0.2 mile access restored, 6 instream miles restored; socioeconomic value estimated at $107,000
Cost: $50,000
 Partner: American great Outdoor, Great Lakes Fisheries Commission, Mad River Friends Group, Fayston, USDA, FWS-PFW, USFS, VT DFW, Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District
 Status: Agreement in place

Office: Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Office
Project: Scotts Pond Dam Fish Passage Project
 Location: Lewis Creek, Charlotte, Vermont
Benefits: Atlantic salmon
Outcome:  One barrier modified by constructing a plunge pool that would allow salmon to jump the dam to access 14 miles of habitat; socioeconomic value estimate at $21,416.56.
Costs: $55,000
Partners: Lake Champlain Basin Program, Private landowners, Trout Unlimited, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Winooski River Conservation District, Lewis Creek Association, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program.
Status: Project completed September 2014

Office: Maine Fishery Resources Office
Project: 17 High Priority Brook Trout Fish Passage Projects
Location: Upper Narraguagus River, Beddington, ME
 Benefits: Brook trout, Atlantic salmon, American eel
 Outcome: 17 obstructions removed, 11.6 miles access restored; socioeconomic value estimated at $6.2M
Cost: $359,310 (Total Project Cost); $115,000 - FWS Contribution
 Partner: Project SHARE, NRCS, landowner, Moosehorn NWR, University of Maine-Forestry Dept, ME DMR & ME DIFW
 Status: Agreement in place

Office: Maryland Fisheries Resources Office
Project: Clifford Branch Culvert Removal
 Location: Clifford Branch, Frederick County, Frederick, MD
 Benefits: Brook trout
 Outcome: 1 obstruction removed, 1 mile access restored; socioeconomic value estimated at $535,000
 Cost: $14,000
 Partner: Frederick County-MD, TU, Western MD Conservancy, FWS-CBFO
 Status: Agreement in place

Office: Maryland Fisheries Resources Office
Project: Davis Creek Barrier Removal
 Location: Davis Creek, Worcester County, Whiton, MD
 Benefits: American eel, river herring
 Outcome: 2 obstructions removed, 1 mile access restored; socioeconomic value estimated at $535,000
 Cost: $34,850
 Partner: CBFO, TNC, MD DNR
 Status: Agreement in place

Office:  Northeast Fishery Center
Project: Modification of Two Culverts for Fish Passage in Big Run, Morrisdale, PA
 Location: Big Run, Morrisdale, PA
 Benefits: Brook trout
 Outcome: 2 obstructions removed, 2 miles access restored; socioeconomic value estimated at $1.1M
 Cost: $19,014
 Partner: American Rivers, PAFBC
 Status: Agreement in place

Office:  Virginia Fishery Coordinator’s Office
Project: Percivals Island Dam Removal
 Location: James River, City of Lynchburg, VA
 Benefits: American eel
 Outcome: 1 obstruction removed, 1 mile access restored; socioeconomic value estimated at $535,000 Cost: $50,000
 Partner: City of Lynchburg-VA, James River Association, James River Float Company, Rock-Tenn Company
 Status: Agreement in place

Six additional fish passage projects were initiated in 2014 with funding under the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013:

Office:  Central New England Fishery Resources Office
Project: Shady Lea Dam Removal
Location: Mattatuxet River, North Kingstown, RI
Benefits: American eel & river herring
Outcome:  1 obstruction removed, 0.5 mile access restored; socioeconomic value estimated at $267,500
Cost: $89,250
Partner: Save The Bay, Inc., RI CRMC, RI DEM, NOAA, USDA-NRCS, dam owner
Status: Agreement in place

Office:  Central New England Fishery Resources Office
Project: Flock Process Dam Removal
Location: Norwalk River, Norwalk, CT
Benefits:  American eel & river herring
Outcome:  1 obstruction removed, 3.5 miles access restored; socioeconomic value estimated at $1,872,500
Cost: $970,000
Partner: City of Norwalk, CT DEEP, dam owner
Status: Agreement in process

Office:  Central New England Fishery Resources Office
Project: Norton Dam Removal
Location: Colchester, CT
Benefits: Eastern brook trout & American eel
Outcome:  1 obstruction removed, 17 miles access restored; socioeconomic value estimated at $9,095,000
Cost: $727,650
Partner: The Nature Conservancy, CT DEEP, Town of Colchester, dam owner, Trout Unlimited
Status: Agreement in process

Office:  Maryland Fisheries Resources Office
Project: Centreville & Bloede Dam Removals
Location: Centreville Dam is on Gravel Run in Centreville, MD & Bloede Dam is on the Patapsco River in Catonsville, MD
Benefits:  American eel & river herring
Outcome: 2 obstructions removed: 2 miles access restored on Gravel Run & 9 miles access restored on the Patapsco River; socioeconomic value estimated at $5,885,000
Cost: $1,212,750
Partners: American Rivers, NOAA, MD DNR, Town of Centreville, Friends of the Patapsco River State Park
Status: Agreements (2) in place

Office:  Virginia Fishery Coordinator’s Office
Project: Replacing the Culvert at Quantico Creek, Dumfries, VA
 Location: Dewey’s Creek, Dumfries, VA
 Benefits: American eel
 Outcome: 1 obstruction removed, 6.25 miles access restored; socioeconomic value estimated at $3,343,750; Cost: $330,750
 Partner: Town of Dumfries, prince William County, American Rivers
 Status: Agreement in place

Habitat Restoration Highlights - 2013 Projects

National Fish Passage Program

The following  on-the-ground projects were funded and initiated by local offices through the National Fish Passage Program:

Office: Appalachian Coordinator’s Office
Project: Abe's Run Fish Passage & Habitat Improvement
Location: East Fork Greenbrier River & Abe’s Run, Thornwood, Pocahontas County, WV
Benefits: Brook trout
Outcome: 3 obstructions removed, 15 miles access restored, 2 miles instream restoration; socioeconomic benefit valued at $7.5M
Cost - $270,000 (FWS: $45,000, Match: $225,000)
Partner: Trout Unlimited
Status: Agreement in place

Office: Appalachian Coordinator’s Office
Project: Idleman Run Water Intake Structure Replacement
Location: Idleman Run (Blackwater River watershed), Canaan Valley, Tucker County, WV
Benefits: Brook trout
Outcome: 1 barrier removed/replaced, 1.67 miles access restored; socioeconomic value estimated at $835,000
Cost - $35,000 (FWS: $15,000, Match: $20,000)
Partner: Trout Unlimited
Status: Agreement in place

Office: Central New England FRO
Project: Billington Street (Town Brook) Dam Removal
Location:  Town Brook, Plymouth, Plymouth County, MA
Benefits: River herring, American eel, brook trout
Outcome: 1 barrier removed, 750 feet access restored; socioeconomic value estimated at $70,000
Cost - $1,471,427 (FWS: $50K NFPP + $20K Coastal, Match: $1,401,427)
Partner: Town of Plymouth (American Rivers, MA DER, MA DMF, NOAA, MA Corporate Wetlands
Status: Agreement in place

Office: Central New England FRO
Project: Kinne Brook Dam & Culvert Removals
Location:  Kinne Brook (Westfield River watershed), Chester, Hampden County, MA
Benefits: Brook trout
Outcome: 3 barriers removed (Stroud dam, Skunk Brook and Kinne Brook culverts), 1.3 miles access restored; socioeconomic value estimated at $650,000
Cost - $560,000 (FWS: 70,000 ($20,000 in FY13), Match: $490,000)
Partner: Trout Unlimited
Status: Agreement in place

Office: Connecticut River Coordinator’s Office
Project: Fall River Dam Spillway Removal
Location: Fall River, Gill/Greenfield, Franklin County, MA
Benefits: Brook trout, American eel, sea lamprey
Outcome: 1 obstruction removed, 70 miles access restored; socioeconomic value estimated at $35M
Cost: $27,875
Partner: MA DER, Dam owner
Status: To be completed in-house

Office: Northeast Fishery Center
Project: Kladder Dam Removal (2012)
Location: Juniata River, Blair County, Hollidaysburg, PA
Benefits: Brook trout
Outcome: 1 obstruction removed, 0.8 miles stream access restored at a socioeconomic benefit valued at $400K
Cost: $105,500 (FWS: $30,000, Match: $75,500 )
Partner: PA FBC
Status: Agreement in place

Office: Northeast Fishery Center
Project: Big Run Dam Removal
Location: Big Run, Morrisdale, Clearfield County, PA
Benefits:  Brook trout
Outcome: 1 barrier removed, 2.1 miles access restored; socioeconomic benefit valued at $1,050,000
Cost: $29,149 (FWS: $14,149, Match: $15,000)
Partner: Big Run Park Association, American Rivers
Status: Agreement in development

Office: Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Resource Office
Project: Kendrick Pond Dam Removal
Location: Sugar Hollow Brook (Otter Creek watershed), Pittsford, Rutland County, VT
Benefits: Brook trout
Outcome: 1 barrier removed, 7 miles access restored; socioeconomic benefit valued at $3.5M
Cost: $169,500 (FWS: $120,000, Match: $49,500)
Partner: Town of Pittsford, State of VT
Status: Agreement in place

Office: Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Resource Office
Project: Stream Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage in the Ausable and Lake Champlain tributaries of NY
Location: Palmer and Preston Brook and Ausable River, Black Brook and Keen Valley, NY
Benefits: Brook trout
Outcome: 13 stream crossings replaced, 33 miles access restored, 140 acres habitat restored; socioeconomic benefit estimated at $16.5M
Cost: $175,000 (FWS: $90,000, Match: $85,000)
Partner: Essex County Soil and Water Conservation District
Status: Agreement in place

Office: Maine FRO
Project: Restore Aquatic Connectivity within the GOM DPS Atlantic Salmon Rivers
Location: Narraguagus, East Machias, and Penobscot Rivers, Wesley (Washington County) and Brownville Junction, ME
Benefits: Brook trout, endangered Atlantic salmon
Outcome: 7 log drive dams removed and 2 stream crossings replaced, 59.7 miles access restored; socioeconomic value estimated at $29,850,000
Cost: $118,620 (FWS: $43,700 ($35,200 NFPP), Match: $74,920)
Partner: Project SHARE, USDA, ASF, ME IFW, NOAA, Washington County, Corporate America, landwoners…
Status: Agreement in place

Office: Virginia Fisheries Coordinator’s Office
Project: Assessing Eastern Brook Trout Passage Impediments
Location: Rivers (22) flowing from Shenandoah National Park into the Rappahannock River, VA
Benefits: Brook trout, American eel
Outcome: Data and report on assessment methods, blockages identified, location info. and photos
Cost: $25,000 (FWS)
Partner: Piedmont Environmental Council of VA, RappFLOW, Trout Unlimited, VADGIF, VADOT
Status: Agreement in development

Office: Virginia Fisheries Coordinator’s Office
Project: Monumental Mills Dam Removal (2012)
Location: Hazel River, Rixeyville, Culpeper County, VA
Benefits: American eel, alewife, American shad
Outcome: 1 barrier removed, 93 miles access restored; socioeconomic benefit valued at $46,500,000
Cost: $60,000 (FWS)
Partner: VA DGIF
Status:  Agreement in place

Habitat Restoration Highlights - 2012 Projects

National Fish Passage Program

The following  on-the-ground projects were funded and initiated by local offices through the National Fish Passage Program:

Office: Appalachian Coordinator’s Office
Project: Engineering & Design for West Fork Dam Removals
Location: West Fork River, Harrison County, WV
Benefits: Freshwater mussels
Outcome: Engineering & design for the removal of 4 obstructions that will open 12 miles of stream access at a socioeconomic benefit valued at $6M
Status: Agreement in place and design 75% complete

Office: Central New England FRO
Project: Red Brook Headwaters and Century Bog Restoration Project
Location: Red brook, Wareham, MA
Benefits: Sea-run brook trout, blueback herring, alewife, and American eel
Outcome: Design and permitting for removal if 4 obstructions opening 300 acres and 1.6 miles of stream access at a socioeconomic benefit valued at $800K
Status: Agreement in place, project ongoing

Office: Connecticut River Coordinator’s Office
Project: Culvert Replacement and Dam Removal Post-Tropical Storm Irene
Location: Kinne & Skunk Brook (Westfield River watershed), MA
Benefits: Brook trout, Atlantic salmon, American eel
Outcome: 3 obstructions removed, 23 miles access restored at a socioeconomic benefit valued at $11.5M
Status: Agreement in place, project ongoing

Office: Northeast Fishery Center
Project: Kladder Dam Removal
Location: Juniata River, Blair County, Hollidaysburg, PA
Benefits: Brook trout
Outcome: 1 obstruction removed, 0.8 miles stream access restored at a socioeconomic benefit valued at $400K
Status: Agreement in place

Office: Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Resource Office
Project: Scotts Dam Fish Passage Bypass Renovation
Location: Lewis Creek (Winooski River watershed), Charlotte, VT
Benefits: Brook trout, Atlantic salmon
Outcome: 9 obstructions removed, 28 miles stream access restored at a socioeconomic benefit valued at $14M
Status: Agreement in place

Office: Maine FRO
Project: Restore Aquatic Connectivity within the Gulf of Maine Distinct Population Segment Atlantic Salmon Rivers
Location: Narraguagus, Machias, East Machias, and Pleasant rivers in Downeast ME
Benefits: Endangered Atlantic salmon, brook trout, river herring, American eel
Outcome: 10 stream restoration projects and 35 fishery assessments completed. 5 obstructions removed (2 road decommissions and 3 log drive dams), and 5 stream-road retrofits (1 bridge and 4 open arch structures). 114 miles of stream access restored at a socioeconomic benefit valued at $57M
Status: Completed

Office: Maryland FRO
Project: Engineering & Design for Centreville Dam Removal
Location: Gravel Run, Centreville, MD
Benefits: Alewife, blueback herring, American eel
Outcome: Engineering and design for dam removal that will open 13 miles of stream access at a socioeconomic benefit valued at $6.5M
Status: Agreement in place

Office: Maryland FRO
Project: Sediment Analysis Required for Potomac Industrial Dam Removal
Location: Potomac River, Cumberland, MD
Benefits: Brook trout, American eel
Outcome: Sediment analysis will be completed prior to dam removal that will open 50 miles of stream access at a socioeconomic benefit valued at $25M
Status: Agreement in place

Office: Mid-Atlantic FRO & State College FO
Project: Big Bear Creek Fish Passage Projects (Hurricane Relief)
Location: Big Bear Creek, Montoursville, PA
Benefits: Brook trout, American eel
Outcome: 6 obstructions removed, 7 miles stream access restored at a socioeconomic benefit valued at $3.5M
Status: Agreement in place

Office: Virginia Fisheries Coordinator’s Office
Project: Monumental Mills Dam Removal
Location: Hazel River, Culpeper, VA
Benefits: American eel
Outcome: 1 obstruction removed, 48 miles stream access restored at a socioeconomic benefit valued at $24M
Status: Agreement in place

Habitat Restoration Highlights - 2011 Projects

National Fish Passage Program

The following  on-the-ground projects were funded and initiated by local offices through the National Fish Passage Program:

Moorman's River culvert/dam removal (before, during, after) in Albermarle County, VA Credit: USFWS
Moorman's River culvert/dam removal (before) Credit: USFWS
Moorman's River culvert/dam removal (during) Credit: USFWS
Moorman's River culvert/dam removal (after) Credit: USFWS

Office: Appalachian Coordinator’s Office
Project: Hartland Dam Fish Bypass Channel
Location: West Fork River, WV
Benefits: Freshwater mussels
FWS Cost: $44,000 (additional funding through NFHAP)
Outcome: 1 obstruction removed, 12 miles stream access restored at a socioeconomic benefit valued at $6M
Status: Agreement in place

Office: Appalachian Coordinator’s Office
Project: Rife-Loth Dam Removal
Location: Waynesboro, VA
Benefits: Brook trout, American eels
FWS Cost: $10,000
Outcome: 1 obstruction removed, 27 miles stream access restored at a socioeconomic benefit valued at $13.5M
Status: Agreement in place

Office: Central New England FRO
Project: Little River Fish Passage
Location: Little River, Gloucester, MA
Benefits: River herring, American eels
FWS Cost: $35,000
Outcome: 1 obstruction removed, 0.1 miles instream restoration, 0.5 miles stream access restored at a socioeconomic benefit valued at $250,000
Status: Agreement in place

Office: Central New England FRO
Project: Woolen Dam Fish Ladder Weir Repair
Location: Parker River, Newbury, MA
Benefits: River herring
FWS Cost: $19,000
Outcome: 1 obstruction removed, 10.7 miles stream access restored at a socioeconomic benefit valued at $5.3M
Status: Agreement in place

Office: Connecticut River Coordinator’s Office
Project: Manhan Dam Fishway
Location: Manhan River, Easthampton, MA
Benefits: Atlantic salmon, American shad, American eel, river herring
FWS Cost: $54,000 (additional funding through NFPP, ARRA and ES)
Outcome: 1 obstruction bypassed, 11 miles stream access restored with a socioeconomic benefit valued at $5.5M
Status: Agreement in place; Seeking additional funding to complete ongoing work

Office: Connecticut River Coordinator’s Office
Project: Ed Bill’s Pond Dam Removal
Location: Eightmile River, Lyme, CT
Benefits: Atlantic salmon, American eel, blueback herring
FWS Cost: $54,000
Outcome: 1 obstruction removed, 25 miles stream access restored with a socioeconomic benefit valued at $12.5M
Status: Agreement in place

Office: Lake Champlain FWRO
Project: Holcomb Brook Fish Passage
Location: Ausable River, North Elba, NY
Benefits: Brook trout, Atlantic salmon
FWS Cost: $54,000
Outcome: 1 obstruction removed, 2 miles stream access restored at a socioeconomic benefit valued at $1M
Status: Agreement in place

Office: Lake Champlain FWRO
Project: Stream Restoration and Fish Passage in the Au Sable River in New York Post-Tropical Storm Irene
Location: Lewis Brook, Jay, NY
Benefits: Brook trout
FWS Cost: $15,000
Outcome: Lewis Brook: 1 pair culverts replaced, 6 miles stream access restored at a socioeconomic benefit of $3M; Upper Jay Water Reservoir Dam removed, 5 miles access restored at a socioeconomic benefit of $2.5M
Status: Agreement in place.in 2011, work completed in FY2012

Office: Lake Champlain FWRO
Project: Stream Restoration and Fish Passage in Vermont Post-Tropical Storm Irene
Location: White River Watershed, Royalton, VT
Benefits: Brook trout, Atlantic salmon
FWS Cost: $100,000
Outcome: Planning, design, project oversight & obstruction removal (number and sites to be determined in cooperation with State and FEMA)
Status: Agreement in place with White River Partnership

Office: Northeast Fishery Center
Project: Mosquito Creek Dam Removal
Location: Mosquito Creek, PA
Benefits: Brook trout
FWS Cost: $28,000
Outcome: 1 obstruction removed, 3 miles instream access restored at a socioeconomic benefit valued at $1.5M
Status: Agreement in place

Office: Lower Great Lakes FRO
Project: Evaluation of Fish Community Response to Habitat Restoration
Location: McIntosh Creek in Salamanca, NY; North Branch Wiscoy Creek in Pike, NY; Shingle Mill Hollow in Bradford, PA
Benefits: Brook trout
FWS Cost: $54,000
Outcome: 3 population assessments
Status: To be completed by staff over 4 years

Office: Maryland FRO
Project: Chesapeake Bay Watershed Fish Passage Barrier Removal Prioritization
Location: MD, PA & VA
Benefits: River herring, American eel, brook trout, striped bass, American shad
FWS Cost: $19,800
Outcome: Systematic fish passage project prioritization
Status: Agreement in place with The Nature Conservancy

Office: Maine FRO
Project: Stream Survey & Barrier Removals
Location: Narraguagus River, Maine
Benefits: Atlantic salmon, brook trout
FWS Cost: $41,000 (+$44.7K 1335 funds)
Outcome: 47 stream road crossings surveyed, 7 culverts replaced, 1 road decommissioned, 1 log drive dam removed; 50 miles access restored at socio economic benefit valued at $25M
Status: Completed

Office: Maine FRO
Project: Dean Brook Culvert Replacement
Location: Tributary to Branch Lake, Ellsworth, ME
Benefits: Atlantic salmon, American eel, brook trout
FWS Cost: $1,000 (+$1.5K 1335 funds)
Outcome: 0.8 miles stream access restored at socioeconomic benefit valued at $400,000
Status: Completed

Office: Virginia Fisheries Coordination Office
Project: Veteran’s Memorial Park Dam Removal
Location: Pigg River, Rocky Mount, VA
Benefits: Roanoke log perch
FWS Cost: $47,000 (+$1K -1335 funds)
Outcome: 17 miles stream access restored with socioeconomic benefit valued at $8.5M
Status: Agreement in place with FishAmerica Foundation

Office: Virginia Fisheries Coordination Office
Project: Moormans River Culvert/Dam Removal
Location: Moormans River, Albermarle County, VA
Benefits: Brook trout, James River Spiny Mussel
FWS Cost: $11,500 (+$8.5K 1335 funds)
Outcome: 1.7 miles access restored at socioeconomic benefit valued at $850,000
Status: Obstruction removed, and bridge construction completed in October 2011

Office: Virginia Fisheries Coordination Office
Project: Riverton Dam Removal
Location: North Fork Shenandoah River, Front Royal, VA
Benefits: American eel
FWS Cost: $0 (+$8K 1335 funds)(Previous funding included ARRA and NFPP funding from 2009/2010)
Outcome: 95 miles access restored at socioeconomic benefit valued at $47M
Status: Project completed in October 2010

Office: Northeast Region Fisheries Fish Passage Engineering Program
Project: 151 projects including removal of 15 barriers to fish passage
Location: Regions 2, 4, & 5, States including CT, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, SC, TX, VA, VT, & WV
Benefits: Brook trout, American eel
FWS Cost: $731,605
Outcome: 1,118 miles access restored at socioeconomic benefit valued at $559M
Status: Completed

Habitat Restoration Highlights - 2010 Projects

National Fish Passage Program

The following  on-the-ground projects were funded and initiated by local offices through the National Fish Passage Program:

Lower Shannock Falls Dam Removal, RI. Credit: Chris Fox, Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association
Lower Shannock Falls Dam Removal, RI. Credit: Chris Fox, Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association

Office:             Appalachian Coordinator’s Office
Project:           Potomac River Eel Passage at Dams 4 & 5
Location:         Potomac River, C&O Canal NHP, MD (Dam4) & WV (Dam 5)
Benefits:          American eel
FWS Cost:      $50,000
Outcome:        2 fishways built, 95 miles stream access restored for eels
Status:            Agreement in place

Office:             Central New England FRO
Project:           Lower Shannock Falls Dam Removal
Location:         Pawcatuck River, Richmond, RI
Benefits:          Brook trout
FWS Cost:      $55,750
Outcome:        1 barrier removed, 6.5 miles stream access restored
Status:            Completed

Office:             Central New England FRO
Project:           Sacandaga River Restoration and Streambank Stabilization
Location:         Hamilton County, Wells, NY
Benefits:          Brook trout
FWS Cost:      Salary (1 person: 15 days) and travel
Outcome:        0.2 miles stream restored
Status:            Completed

Habitat restoration project. Credit: USFWS

Office:             Central New England FRO
Project:           Little Hoosic River Restoration
Location:         Berlin, NY
Benefits:         Brook trout
FWS Cost:      Salary (1 person: 12 days) and travel
Outcome:        2 miles stream access restored, 0.25 miles stream restored
Status:            Completed

Office:             Central New England FRO
Project:           Elbow Creek Restoration
Location:         Wells, NY
Benefits:          Brook trout
FWS Cost:      Salary (1 person: 12 days) and travel
Outcome:        1 barrier removed, 0.1 miles stream restored, 3 miles stream access restored
Status:            Completed

Office:             Connecticut River Coordinator’s Office
Project:           Hallville Pond Dam Fishway Construction
Location:         Poquetanuck Brook, Preston, CT
Benefits:          Alewife
FWS Cost:      $73,625
Outcome:        1 fishway built, 1.5 miles stream access restored
Status:            Agreement in place; Seeking additional funding to begin site work

Homestead Woolen Mill Dam Removal. Credit: USFWS
Homestead Woolen Mill Dam Removal. Credit: USFWS

Office:             Connecticut River Coordinator’s Office
Project:           Homestead Woolen Mill Dam Removal
Location:         Ashuelot River, Swanzey, NH
Benefits:          Atlantic salmon
FWS Cost:      $25,000
Outcome:        1 barrier removed, 5 miles stream access restored
Status:            Completed

Office:             Lake Champlain FWRO
Project:           Marshfield Dam Removal
Location:         Winooski River, Marshfield, VT
Benefits:          Brook trout
FWS Cost:      $47,945
Outcome:        1 barrier removed, 4 miles stream access restored
Status:            Agreement in place; Engineering ongoing; Slated deconstruction June 2011

Office:             Lake Champlain FWRO
Project:           Lake Champlain Direct Connectivity Project
Location:         Trout Brook, Ticonderoga, VT
Benefits:         Brook trout
FWS Cost:      $16,900
Outcome:        1 barrier removed, 2 miles stream access restored
Status:            Completed

Office:             Maine FRO
Project:           Barrier removals in Downeast Maine
Location:         Washington County, ME
Benefits:          Atlantic salmon, brook trout, American eels
FWS Cost:      $75,000
Outcome:        30 barriers removed, 53.5 miles of stream access restored
Status:            Completed

Meddybemps Lake Fishway Rehabiltation, ME Credit: USFWS
Meddybemps Lake Fishway Rehabiltation, ME Credit: USFWS

Office:             Maine FRO with Gulf of Maine Coastal Program Office
Project:           Diadromous Fish Restoration to Dennys River-Meddybemps Lake Watershed
Location:         Dennys River
Benefits:          Alewife, Atlantic salmon, American eel
FWS Cost:      $65,000
Outcome:        1 fishway renovated, 15 miles stream access restored
Status:            Completed Oct. 2010; Awaiting final report

Office:             Mid-Atlantic FRO
Project:           Climate change impacts to Susquehanna River temperature & restoration of migratory fish
Location:         Susquehanna River, PA
Benefits:          Sound science
FWS Cost:      $13,725
Outcome:        Assessment only
Status:            Field work underway

Office:             Northeast Fishery Center
Project:           Dundaff Creek Dam Removal
Location:         Dundaff Creek, Clifford, PA
Benefits:         Brook trout
FWS Cost:      $45,000
Outcome:        1 barrier removed, 6 miles stream access restored
Status:            1 barrier removed, stream restoration ongoing

Office:             Regional Office Fish Passage Engineering
Project:           Fish Passage Engineering/Ecohydrology Program at University of Massachusetts
Location:         Amherst, MA
Benefits:         Sound science and engineering
FWS Cost:      $50,000
Outcome:        Engineering capacity building and technical support
Status:            Program initiated in fall 2010 with 8 students enrolled

Office:             Virginia Fisheries Coordinator
Project:           Harvell Dam Removal
Location:         Appomattox River, Petersburg, VA
Benefits:          American shad
FWS Cost:      $114,995
Outcome:        1 barrier removed, 127 miles stream access restored
Status:            Agreement in place

Riverton Dam, VA
Riverton Dam, Va

Office:             Virginia Fisheries Coordinator
Project:           Riverton Dam Removal
Location:         North Fork Shenandoah River, Front Royal, VA
Benefits:          American eel
FWS Cost:      $70,000 (+ ARRA) [technically 2009]
Outcome:        1 barrier removed, 95 miles stream access restored
Status:            Construction started 10/25/2010

Office:             Virginia Fisheries Coordinator with Virginia Field Office
Project:           Wiley Street Culvert Removal
Location:         Roanoke River, Roanoke, VA
Benefits:          Roanoke logperch
FWS Cost:      $40,000 (+ ARRA) [technically 2009]
Outcome:        1 barrier removed (9 culvert-bridge), 35 miles stream access restored
Status:            Completed 2010

Six additional fish passage projects were initiated in 2010 with American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) funding:

Office:             Lake Champlain FWRO
Project:           Lake George Watershed Fish Passage
Location:         Warren County, NY
Benefits:          Brook trout
FWS Cost:      $50,000
Outcome:        3 barriers removed, 16 miles stream access restored
Status:            Completed

Office:             Lake Champlain FWRO
Project:           Great Brook Culvert Retrofits
Location:         Great Brook, Upper Winooski River Watershed, VT
Benefits:          Brook trout
FWS Cost:      $40,000
Outcome:        3 barriers removed, 4 miles stream access restored
Status:            Completed

Habitat restoration in Maine. Credit: USFWS
Habitat restoration in Maine. Credit: USFWS

Office:             Maine FRO
Project:           Old Stream Fish Passage & Stream Process Restoration
Location:         Old Stream, ME
Benefits:          Atlantic salmon, brook trout
FWS Cost:      $75,000
Outcome:        9 barriers removed, 20 miles stream access restored
Status:            8 completed, 1 ongoing

Office:             Maine FRO
Project:           Restore Aquatic Connectivity within Gulf of Maine Distinct population Segment (DPS) Atlantic Salmon Rivers
Location:         Machias and Old Stream Watersheds, ME
Benefits:          Atlantic salmon, brook trout
FWS Cost:      $75,000
Outcome:        6 barriers removed, 10 miles stream access restored
Status:            Completed; Awaiting final report

Office:             Virginia Fisheries Coordinator with Virginia Field Office
Project:           Wiley Street Culvert Removal
Location:         Roanoke River, Roanoke, VA
Benefits:          Roanoke logperch
FWS Cost:      $89,000 (+ NFPP)
Outcome:        1 barrier removed (9 culvert-bridge), 35 miles stream access restored
Status:            Completed 2010

Office:             Virginia Fisheries Coordinator
Project:           Riverton Dam Removal
Location:         North Fork Shenandoah River, Front Royal, VA
Benefits:          American eels
FWS Cost:      $41,000 (+ NFPP)
Outcome:        1 barrier removed, 95 miles stream access restored
Status:            Construction underway 10/25/2010, completion expected in 2 weeks

Fish Passage Engineering

The Region 5 Fish Passage Engineering Team also completed a complement of projects. Five fish passage engineers worked on planning, design and improved engineering for 89 fish passage projects in 15 states. These projects were located in three different Regions.

Learn more about the types of projects receiving funding and support.


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