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HAMP Completes Annual Report
Midwest Region, March 31, 2009
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Columbia NFWCO’s Habitat Assessment and Monitoring Program (HAMP) recently completed the 2008 annual report. 

This 300 page document analyzed data from the 2008 field season and included between year comparisons. 

This was the fourth year of fish sampling for HAMP which monitors the fish community’s response to in-stream channel modifications. 

The overall goal of HAMP is to monitor fish response to shallow water habitat creation within the lower Missouri River. 

When the river was modified for navigation and flood control much of the natural shallow water habitat was lost as the river became deeper, straighter, and swifter. 

With the loss of critical shallow water habitat, came declines in many species of fish and wildlife.  It is hoped that modifications to dikes within the river will recreate shallow water habitat that will benefit native fishes. 


While we have learned much over the four years of HAMP, there remain many questions.  The project continues to evolve to meet these challenges. 

Columbia NFWCO works with the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers and Nebraska Game and Parks on HAMP.  

Contact Info: Colby Wrasse, 573-234-2132 x30, colby_wrasse@fws.gov
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