Bylas Springs Habitat Expansion and Barrier Removal
The Bylas Springs Complex infrastructure project is on tribal land and would refurbish degraded and broken infrastructure supporting fish habitat and connectivity at several adjacent springs. The Bylas Springs Complex provides valuable habitat for a historic self-sustaining population of threatened Gila Topminnow. This project will also remove fish passage barriers created by encroachment of nonnative vegetation. The nonnative vegetation consumes greater amounts of scarce water than native plants, decreasing the length of wetted channel from the springs. Fixing the infrastructure passage problems also entails removing nonnative invasive plants, replanting with native plants, and opening new wetland acres for fish.
The National Fish Passage Program combines technical expertise with a track record of success.
Implemented primarily through the Service's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Offices, the National Fish Passage Program provides financial and technical assistance to partners across the country. Since 1999, the program has worked with over 2,000 local communities, Tribes, and private landowners to remove or bypass over 3,400 barriers to fish passage and reopen access to over 61,000 miles of upstream habitat for fish and other animals. Staff have expertise in fish migration and biology as well as financial, engineering, and planning assistance to communities, Tribes, and landowners to help them remove barriers and restore rivers for the benefit both fish and people.
Fish passage project proposals can be initiated by any individual, organization, government, or agency. However, proposals must be submitted and completed in cooperation with a Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office. (Please note that fish passage projects being used for federal or state compensatory mitigation or required by existing federal or state regulatory programs are not eligible for funding through the National Fish Passage Program.)