Virginia Ecological Services
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Dam Removal Project in Roanoke, Virginia Leads to Improved Habitat for the Federally Endangered Roanoke Logperch

Roanoke logperch photoThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partnered with the Army Corps of Engineers, Western Virginia Water Authority, City of Roanoke, and FishAmerica Foundation to remove a lowhead dam on the Roanoke River within Wasena Park in Roanoke, Virginia. The Wasena Dam Removal Project was successfully completed in February 2009.  Removal of the dam provided passage for fish and recreational boaters, supported endangered species recovery and aquatic habitat restoration, and eliminated a water contamination risk. Specifically, removal of the dam helped to promote recovery of the federally listed endangered Roanoke logperch by directly restoring 3,900 linear feet of habitat inundated by the dam’s tail waters. To learn more about the benefits of the project to the Roanoke logperch, watch the video that local news station WDBJ7 released. For more information about the project, a fact sheet is available or visit the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Progrom, Completed Projects page. Photo Caption: Roanoke Logperch. Credit: Conservation Fisheries

Published July 21, 2011

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