This project will remove a hazardous low-head dam on the Winnebago River in northern Iowa to improveand benefit important mussel species like the white heelsplitter, fatmucket, and elktoe. Completion of the project would also allow northern pike to migrate upstream in the spring to access quality wetland spawning habitat and utilize rearing habitat in the northern portion of the county. This project will also address resiliency by reducing flood risk to the surrounding park.
Project Quick Facts:
IA, Winnebago County
NFPP Project Funding
99 Stream Miles Reopened
Partner Project Lead
City of Forest City
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.