This project will remove and replace four concrete low water fords on tributaries of the Glover and Mountain Fork rivers on the boundary of Ouachita National Forest in Oklahoma. A low water ford is a shallow area in a river or stream that allows vehicles to pass when water is low. Replacing these with new structures will increase the ability of aquatic organisms to migrate through the rivers and provide safer, more sustainable infrastructure for vehicles. Improved stream connectivity and habitat accessibility will benefit the Ouachita shiner and threatened leopard darter. These crossings are a high priority as this is the only watershed where leopard darter exists. This project will provide meaningful benefits to the surrounding community by improving the safety of the crossings and providing improved access to camping, fishing, and other recreational activities within the national forest.
Project Quick Facts:
OK, McCurtain County
NFPP Project Funding
Low water ford replacement
14 Stream Miles Reopened
Partner Project Lead
Ouachita National Forest
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 thatprojects 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.