This project will construct two rock-arch fishways at a flood diversion barrier on the Little Minnesota River in South Dakota. Restored connectivity between the Little Minnesota River, its tributaries, and Bigston Lake will benefit at least 40 species of native fish and freshwater mussels including lake sturgeon and walleye, an important subsistence species to the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribe. These fishways will allow forwhile also continuing to protect nearby communities from floods and changes to flooding with . Historically, the migration of fish upstream sustained the Sisseton band of the Dakota during the spring months through annual spearfishing events. Within the last decade, fish migration has ceased, and completion of this project will bring fish back to the reservation and spearing grounds.
Project Quick Facts:
SD, Roberts County
NFPP Project Funding
75 Stream Miles Reopened
Partner Project Lead
South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks
The National Fish Passage Program: Leaders in Building Bridges and Fostering Connections
The National Fish Passage Program is a national leader connecting watersheds and people. The program has decades of experience implementing infrastructure projects with partners. 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.)
200 Million Dollar Investment in Rivers, Wildlife, and Communities
Clean free-flowing waterways are vital to wildlife, people, and ecosystems. But across the country, millions of barriers fragment rivers, block fish migration, and put communities at higher risk to flooding. The, signed in November 2021, included $200 million for restoring fish and wildlife passage by removing in-stream barriers and providing technical assistance under the National Fish Passage Program.