This project will replace two culverts on a channel that has been disconnected from the Maple River in Michigan since the 1800’s. Restoration of this historic connection into the Maple River will reduce flooding and erosion, provide high-quality habitat for fish, and ensure fish have access to safe cool-water habitat as climate change climate change
Climate change includes both global warming driven by human-induced emissions of greenhouse gases and the resulting large-scale shifts in weather patterns. Though there have been previous periods of climatic change, since the mid-20th century humans have had an unprecedented impact on Earth's climate system and caused change on a global scale.

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impacts water temperature. Species benefiting from this project include brook trout, lake sturgeon, and many other reptile, bird, mussel, fish and plant species in the area. The Maple River area is vulnerable to climate change and has experienced loss of both native fish and agricultural area due to flooding events. Restoring this channel will improve bank stabilization and preserve fish habitat. The Little River Band of Ottawa Indian Tribe will benefit substantially from the project through cultural restoration that includes the protection and expansion of existing indigenous Manoomin (wild rice) crop in the project area.

Project Quick Facts:

Project Status

In Development


MI, Muskegon & Newaygo County

NFPP Project Funding


Restoration Techniques

Culvert Replacement


5 Stream Miles Reopened, 300 Acres reopened

Partner Project Lead

Muskegon River Watershed Assembly

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 fish passage
Fish passage is the ability of fish or other aquatic species to move freely throughout their life to find food, reproduce, and complete their natural migration cycles. Millions of barriers to fish passage across the country are fragmenting habitat and leading to species declines. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Fish Passage Program is working to reconnect watersheds to benefit both wildlife and people.

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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  Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) is a once-in-a-generation investment in the nation’s infrastructure and economic competitiveness. We were directly appropriated $455 million over five years in BIL funds for programs related to the President’s America the Beautiful initiative.

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 , 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. 


A person is walks through a large wide culvert that passes under a gravel road. A small river runs through the culvert.
Across the country, millions of barriers are fragmenting rivers, blocking fish migration, and putting communities at higher risk to flooding. Improving fish passage is one of the most effective ways to help conserve vulnerable species while building safer infrastructure for communities and...