This project will repair and replace a diversion gate on the San Juan River in New Mexico. The existing gate is harming multiple species of fish including the endangered razorback sucker and Colorado pikeminnow as well as the bluehead and flannelmouth suckers. The replacement or repair of this gate will significantly improve the ability of these native fish to move up and down the San Juan River and provide increased access to more spawning habitat. The Hogback, Shiprock and Cudeii Chapters of the Navajo Nation rely on this irrigation canal for farming activities. The currentis currently failing due to low water flows that will only increase with . Repairing the structure will support farming while allowing fish passage for listed species.
Project Quick Facts:
NM, San Juan County
NFPP Project Funding
5 Stream Miles Reopened
Partner Project Lead
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.