This project will modernizeat Woodland Dam on the St. Croix River in the St. Croix watershed. The existing 1960’s era fishway at this site is too small, poorly designed, limits fish migration, and is a safety hazard. Over the years, three dams along the lower St. Croix River have limited fish populations to less than 1% of their historic levels. Installing a new state-of-the-art fishlift will benefit the American eel, American shad, alewife and blueback herring, as well as downstream endangered Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon. This project is result of collaboration with local Tribal and non-Tribal communities.
Project Quick Facts:
ME, Washington County
NFPP Project Funding
600 Stream Miles Reopened
Partner Project Lead
Maine Department of Marine 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 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.