This project will remove the upper and lower E. R. Collins Dams where the Pequest River meets the Delaware River in the town of Belvidere, New Jersey. These dams cause significant flooding issues for the town and block spawning and rearing habitat for at-risk species. This project will reconnect habitat for American shad, blueback herring, alewife, American eel and native sea lamprey, opening 3 miles of spawning ground. This project will be done in tandem with two other dam removals upstream to maximize benefits and open an additional 58 miles on the Pequest River and its tributaries. This dam removal not only removes a flood hazard, but also increases opportunities for fishing and paddling to help boost regional tourism and local economies.
Project Quick Facts:
NJ, Warren County
NFPP Project Funding
3 Stream Miles Reopened
Partner Project Lead
The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey
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.