This project will remove Steamboat Rock Dam in the uppermost watershed of the Iowa River in Iowa. Dam removal will improve the distribution and abundance of several priority mussel species including elktoe, white heelsplitter, flutedshell, creek heelsplitter, monkeyface, pimpleback, threeridge, Wabash pigtoe, mucket, and fatmucket by restoring stream function, increasing access to habitat, and reconnecting tributaries to the river. It will also reconnect almost 30 miles of upstream passage for mussel-fish host species like flathead catfish, channel catfish, silver redhorse, sunfish, shiners, and minnows. In addition to the species benefits, removing this barrier will also reduce flooding at a nearby campground and provide a safer environment for water recreation.
Project Quick Facts:
IA, Hardin County
NFPP Project Funding
30 Stream Miles Reopened, 800 Acres Reopened
Partner Project Lead
|Iowa 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.