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Carterville NFWCO Submits Draft Stone Dike Alterations Project YearTwo Report
Midwest Region, October 19, 2007
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Carterville NFWCO completed a draft of the second annual report for pre-project monitoring of the fish community in the Herculaneum reach of the Middle Mississippi River (MMR) for the Stone Dike Alterations Project. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) St. Louis District is planning a project that will alter the configuration of dike fields in this reach to restore some habitat diversity in the river.  Notching wing dikes and constructing chevron dikes will create island and side channel habitat that this particular reach is lacking. 

Since July 2005 CNFWCO has conducted surveys of the fish community in this reach to obtain baseline data for evaluating potential benefits of restoration for the fish community.  A suite of fishery gears (electrofishing, mini-fyke nets, hoop nets, gill nets, and trawling) was used to capture a wide range of species. 

Surveys were also conducted at a similar “control” reach located near Trail of Tears State Park in Missouri.  This will help to determine if any changes in the fish community at Herculaneum are systemic or the result of restoration activities.  Carterville NFWCO completed a report covering the first two years of the project and submitted it to the USACE and Missouri Department of Conservation for review.  The report is currently in revision.

Contact Info: Larry Dean, 612-713-5312, Larry_Dean@fws.gov
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