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Dam removal sparks fish passage restoration effort in Cleveland metro area watershed

The Euclid Creek East Branch Dam in Cuyahoga County, Ohio was successfully removed this past December, restoring stream flow for the first time since the dam was constructed in the early 1930s. The project was the first of six dam removal projects identified in the watershed to be removed in the Euclid Creek Watershed Action Plan, endorsed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Ohio EPA in 2006. Financial assistance for the project was provided through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Fish Passage Program (NFPP), and through other Federal and State funding.

“The Euclid Creek project, located in the heart of a major metropolitan area, is a prime example of urban restoration made possible through partnerships and collaboration between Federal, state, and municipal entities,” said Mike Weimer, Assistant Regional Director of the Midwest Fisheries Program.

“The Great Lakes are a high priority for this Region, including the watersheds that feed into Lake Erie,” said Tom Melius, Service Midwest Regional Director. “They provide not only a multi-million dollar economic stimulus by way of commercial and recreational fishing and boating, but their tributaries also provide critical drinking water to millions of people. The benefit of the partnerships created through the Fish Passage Program is amplified by urban restoration projects such as this one.”

Launched by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1999, the National Fish Passage Program (NFPP) is a voluntary, non-regulatory effort that provides financial and technical assistance to remove or bypass artificial barriers that impede the movement of fish and contribute to their decline. 
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Watch the narrated slideshow of the dam removal project here, Narrated by Claire Posius, Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District

For the official Web site of Cuyahoga County’s Euclid Creek Watershed Program visit

For more information about the Service’s National Fish Passage Program visit: