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Northern pike spawning improves on Green Bay's West Shore
Midwest Region, September 27, 2019
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Highway Department staff setting a new culvert under a county road.
Highway Department staff setting a new culvert under a county road. - Photo Credit: Ken Dolata, Oconto County
Fish passage improves after culvert replacement under local roadway.
Fish passage improves after culvert replacement under local roadway. - Photo Credit: Ken Dolata, Oconto County

Oconto county land conservation and highway departments are teaming up improve fish passage in local waterways. Impediments such as rock dams, poorly placed culverts, and farm crossings that restrict water flow are being removed or corrected. In some cases, wetlands have also been restored and reconnected to streams for fish spawning. The Nature Conservancy’s fish passage tool helps county conservation department staff identify and prioritize project sites. Once designs by conservation technicians are complete, the highway department implements the projects using their staff and equipment. “These projects are a win-win for Oconto County and northern pike,” states Ken Dolata, county conservationist. Sites are monitored for both adult and young of year northern pike reproduction. Northern pike along with many other types of fish and wildlife benefit from the improvements. Matching funds from the Nature Conservancy and the US FWS Coastal Program have also supported these projects.


Contact Info: Betsy Galbraith, 920 866-1753, betsy_galbraith@fws.gov
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