This project will remove a low-head dam from Big Blue River in Edinburgh, Indiana. The removal will benefit lake sturgeon and American eel as well as several species of mussels including the threatened round hickorynut, rabbitsfoot, spike, wavyrayed lampmussel, kidneyshell and purple lilliput. Removal of the dam will also improve ecological resilience by reopening habitat and increasing stream flow. The surrounding community will benefit by increased safety for recreation, new economic development opportunities, and improved fishing access.
Project Quick Facts:
IN, Johnson County
NFPP Project Funding
Low-head dam removal
373 Stream Miles Reopened
Partner Project Lead
Ecosystems Connections Institue
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.