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 restore fish passage fish passage
Fish passage is the ability of fish or other aquatic species to move freely throughout their life to find food, reproduce, and complete their natural migration cycles. Millions of barriers to fish passage across the country are fragmenting habitat and leading to species declines. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Fish Passage Program is working to reconnect watersheds to benefit both wildlife and people.

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to 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:

Project Status

In Development


IN, Madison County

NFPP Project Funding


Restoration Techniques

Dam Removal


53 Stream Miles Reopened

Partner Project Lead

Flatland Resources

Shadyside Park dam on Killbuck Creek

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  Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) is a once-in-a-generation investment in the nation’s infrastructure and economic competitiveness. We were directly appropriated $455 million over five years in BIL funds for programs related to the President’s America the Beautiful initiative.

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 , 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. 


A person is walks through a large wide culvert that passes under a gravel road. A small river runs through the culvert.
Across the country, millions of barriers are fragmenting rivers, blocking fish migration, and putting communities at higher risk to flooding. Improving fish passage is one of the most effective ways to help conserve vulnerable species while building safer infrastructure for communities and...