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Service takes aim at restoring rivers and river systems across the Northeast

February 6, 2019

image of a culvert
Replacing poorly functioning culverts with fish-friendly culverts like this one helps increase fish passage and reduce risk of flooding during extreme weather events. Credit: USFWS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is working with partners across the Northeast to remove aging dams, install fish-friendly culverts and bridges and eliminate other obstructions to restore rivers and river systems to their natural condition.

In the past year, FWS awarded more than $1 million in funding for restoration projects throughout the Northeast. FWS announced 22 projects funded through the Service’s National Fish Passage Program (NFPP), which is dedicated to removing barriers to aquatic connectivity and restoring healthy river habitat.

Collectively, the projects will restore 1,442 miles of river habitat, which will improve mobility for migratory fish and host fishes for mussels, reduce risks of flooding to communities and enhance recreational opportunities.

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Northeast Region

Northeast Region 5 Aquatic Connectivity

Blueheads & Bonnevilles

Desert Fish Habitat Partnership

The Desert Fish Habitat Partnership and the Western Native Trout Initiative are proud to present "Blueheads and Bonnevilles", a short film about the work we are doing with our partners in the Weber River, Utah, to benefit the native fish Bluehead sucker and Bonneville cutthroat trout. We produced the film to celebrate the fish and their habitat, the strong partnership that has developed for the Weber River, and the 10th anniversary of the National Fish Habitat Partnership.

photo of Middle Oconee River dam being removed
Photo by Sara Gottlieb

Passage cleared on Middle Oconee River as dam is removed

July 2018

Workers with an elite federal team are removing most of a century-old dam across the Middle Oconee River in Georgia.

The University of Georgia-owned White Dam is just above the confluence of the Middle and North Oconee Rivers. It is managed by UGA's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources.

The work is being carried out by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Aquatic Habitat Restoration Team, which specializes in removing small dams and replacing culverts to improve life for creatures in rivers.

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Yellowstone cutthroat trout from Alkali Creek. Photo Credit: Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Environmental project near Dubois will help fish passage

July 2018

WYOMING – Wyoming Game and Fish will begin work on a project in the Upper East Fork area of Dubois that will enhance fish passage and road access in the Alkali Creek area.

Construction will begin after July 4 on the East Fork Road, about 17 miles from the junction with Hwy 26. The road will remain open during construction, but will be reduced to one lane and may be tight for vehicles hauling large trailers.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department in cooperation with Wyoming Wildlife Natural Resources Trust, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Water for Wildlife, and Fremont County Transportation are working together to fund the work this summer. The project will improve access to public land, increase road safety and longevity, allow for better stream function, and improve fish passage in spawning habitat for a genetically pure population of Yellowstone cutthroat trout.

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This Week in Fish and Wildlife: Conservation efforts for cutthroat trout in the upper Yellowstone

June 2018

Montana Fish and Wildlife's Carol Endicott joined Montana This Morning today to discuss the work being done for the Yellowstone Cutthroat trout population.

In addition to our private landowner partners who are essential to the success of the project, Endicott would like to acknowledge the following organizations who are partners in Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout conservation in the upper Yellowstone:

photo of Alewife fish traveling upstream
Alewife travel upstream in spring. Photo Credit: Chesapeake Bay Program

Of Herring and Humans

April 2018

The removal of the West Britannia Dam in Taunton, Mass allowed the river to flow freely from Lake Sabbatia to the Taunton River four miles away. Removing the dam, which took place January 2018, was a relief for residents and good news for river herring, which can swim from Narragansett Bay to their spawning grounds above Lake Sabbatia for the first time in centuries.

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