This project will remove eight barriers and open 30 miles of stream in Maryland’s North Branch Potomac River watershed. Two culvert replacements and a dam removal in Georges Creek will build on previous efforts in the watershed to provide a safe cold-water habitat and open new migratory pathways for brook trout, reduce flood risk, and improve the water supply. This project will also replace aging infrastructure while providing educational opportunities at partnering Frostburg State University. As increases temperatures and the magnitude of flood events, removing this high-hazard dam will increase public safety and prevent possible dam failure.
Project Quick Facts:
MD, Garrett/Allegany County
NFPP Project Funding
Dam Removal, Culvert Replacement
30 Stream Miles Reopened
Partner Project Lead
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
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.