Quick Facts:

Project Status

In Development


VA, Tazewell

NFPP Project Funding


Restoration Techniques

Dam Removal


28 Stream Miles Reopened

Project Partner Lead

Canaan Valley Institute

Primary Species Benefited

Fluted Kidneyshell

About the Project:

This project will remove 3 dams in the Clinch River Watershed to reconnect over 41 miles of stream and restore 2 miles of instream habitat and for multiple federally listed species. These dams include Clinch Valley Roller Mills Removal (VA), Little River Mill Dam Removal (VA), and Town Dam Removal (VA).  The Clinch River and associated barrier removals are widely cited as significant conservation opportunities that will improve the resiliency of the ecosystem and populations, and contribute significantly to species recovery goals.  These projects also incorporate multiple socioeconomic benefits, including elimination of safety hazards and improving recreational fishing and boating opportunities. 

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.) 



The Fish Passage Program works with local communities on a voluntary basis to restore rivers and conserve our nation’s aquatic resources by removing or bypassing barriers. Our projects benefit both fish and people.

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