Quick Facts:

Project Status



UT, Carbon County

NFPP Project Funding


Restoration Techniques

Dam Removal


0.7 Stream Miles Reopened

Project Partner Lead

Trout Unlimited

Primary Species Benefited

Flannelmouth Sucker

About the Project:

The project would remove a privately owned concrete dam on the Price River. The 12-foot dam is no longer needed for water diversion and is a total barrier for fish and wildlife passage. It is also a barrier for recreational boating and a safety issue for angling, both developing economic drivers for the local community. This project will lower the dam by 9 feet and bury the last 3 feet in a series of rocky riffles to open up 0.7 miles of upstream rearing habitat for state priority species Bluehead Suckers and Colorado Cutthroat trout. Project is part of a long-term effort to open up the entire Price River from the confluence with the Colorado River to the Schofield Reservoir 20 miles upstream.  In addition to fish and aquatic wildlife benefits, this project will provide jobs and recreational opportunities that can stimulate and diversify the economy.

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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