Project Name 
Increasing Bull Trout and Arctic Grayling Fish Passage in Montana 

Location  
MT, 
Powell, Lewis & Clark, Beaverhead  

Project Funding 
$ 250,000 

Project Description 
This initiative will improve connectivity for native trout in Montana by creating fish passage at three diversions and one culvert. The project locations are in long term, climate resilient priority watersheds for bull trout and arctic grayling. The projects will open almost 20 miles of upstream habitat. The North Fork Blackfoot River project will replace water supply from the river with groundwater, restoring flow to over a mile of river, and the Poorman Creek AOP replaces a culvert with a larger fish friendly crossing, both for bull trout. The McVey Creek project installs step-pools on two private diversions and the Middle/West project creates pool/riffles to gain passage, both for Arctic Grayling.  In addition to benefitting the species, these projects will create stable diversions for local agriculture, buffering the community against potential loss of crops due to climate change climate change
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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.) 

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Programs

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.