This project will remove the Shadyside Park Dam on Killbuck Creek, a major tributary of the Upper White River in Indiana. This low-head dam blocks fish migration, degrades quality aquatic habitat, and is a hazard to recreational users of Killbuck Creek. Successful removal of the Shadyside Park Dam will restoreto over 52 miles of the White River and Killbuck Creek. The reconnection of this previously fragmented major tributary will benefit several mussel species including federally endangered snuffbox, northern riffleshell, slippershell, wavyrayed lampmussel, spike, sheepnose, rabbitsfoot, rainbow, clubshell, kidneyshell, purple lilliput, rayed bean, and little spectaclese. Removal of this dam will allow the river system to return to a natural condition that is more resilient to changes in climate. In addition to benefits to the native wildlife, the removal will benefit local anglers and improve recreational access along the White River.
Project Quick Facts:
IN, Madison County
NFPP Project Funding
53 Stream Miles Reopened
Partner Project Lead
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 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, 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.