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Columbia FWCO Moving Forward on ARRA Projects
Midwest Region, August 1, 2009
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All fish passage projects we work on at Columbia FWCO take time for planning and coordination with partners, and those funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) are no exception.  After months of hard work and diligence, Columbia FWCO, and our partners, are under contract to complete work on two separate fish passage projects that are funded through the Recovery Act. 


Both projects are intended to improve fish habitat in Missouri streams, however each will use different approaches to accomplish that goal.  One project is a low water crossing replacement located within the range of the threatened Niangua Darter which blocks fish movements.  Replacing the current structure with a newly designed span bridge crossing will be beneficial to fish, and other aquatic life, as well as, on average, require less maintenance by the local road commission and be closed for shorter durations during high water events.  Our second project, working with landowners in the Lower Bourbeuse River watershed, focuses on restoring riparian areas and corridors along stream banks to ensure good water quality and improve aquatic habitats. 


With a contract in place, work on the ground for each project will begin soon.  This will spark a series of site visits and meetings related to each project.  In addition, there will be continued coordination with our partners to ensure the project is completed in due time and in accordance with ARRA specifications. 

Contact Info: Brian Elkington, (573) 445-5001 ext 25, Brian_Elkington@fws.gov
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