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Tag: Fish Passage

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  • A small, colorful fish with yellow body and bright blue and orange fins
    Information icon Yazoo darter. Photo by Matt Wagner, MDWFP.

    Yazoo darter habitat conservation on working lands in Mississippi

    May 31, 2019 | 4 minute read

    Water Valley, Mississippi – The Reid farm, approximately 400 acres in size, is a typical family owned row crop operation in northeast Mississippi. The farm is located just off Highway 315 a few miles away from the picturesque town of Water Valley. The primary crops produced here are soybeans, corn, and potatoes. The countryside mostly consists of rolling hills of loblolly pine and hardwood drainages with cattle pastures and row crop agricultural fields widely interspersed.  Learn more...

  • Water topples over a 25ft tall dam
    Information icon Hoosier Dam stood 25 feet tall and 235 feet across the Rocky River in Chatham County. It blocked the endangered Cape Fear shiner from reaching habitat upstream from 1922 until October 2018. Photo by Emily Wells, USFWS.

    North Carolina dam removal helps Rocky River and the endangered fish that lives there

    December 6, 2018 | 4 minute read

    The Cape Fear shiner, a federally protected North American minnow found only in central North Carolina, battles to survive with only one stronghold remaining in the lower reaches of the Rocky and Deep Rivers of North Carolina’s Upper Cape Fear River Basin. Many issues have piled up against this little fish, but a massive dam of reinforced concrete, averaging 25 feet tall and 235 feet across stood out, until recently, as a monumental obstacle to the species’ recovery.  Learn more...

  • Water cascades over the edge of a dam strewn with logs and debris
    Information icon The Milburnie Dam, just east of Raleigh, has been demolished. The Neuse River now flows, unimpeded, about 150 miles to the Pamlico Sound. It clears the way for migratory fish to spawn upstream. Photo by Mike Wicker, USFWS.

    To the sea

    December 15, 2017 | 3 minute read

    Who knows how long the great river ran unimpeded from the pine forests and hardwoods to the sea? Scientists can only estimate. But they can tell you when that great river resumed its restless push to the Atlantic Ocean: Nov. 22, 2017. On that day, the Milburnie Dam crumbled. It was the last structure impeding the Neuse River’s flow across eastern North Carolina to the mouth of the Pamlico Sound, 150 miles to the east.  Learn more...

  • An employee in a neon yellow shirt helps guide a heavy machine operator.
    Information icon Cory Gullett (USFWS), a member of the Aquatic Habitat Restoration Team, helps to position the new culvert into place as it is lifted by an excavator. Photo by Bryan Watkins, USFWS.

    Culvert repair partnership in Tennessee a win-win for landowner, endangered fish

    October 24, 2017 | 3 minute read

    The little laurel dace, which grows to less than two inches long, is a freshwater minnow found in only six small streams on Walden’s Ridge, part of the Cumberland Plateau in central Tennessee. The federally endangered laurel dace. Photo by Conservation Fisheries, Inc. During their breeding season in May and June, both males and females exhibit stunning colors of black, gold, silver, and red. The laurel dace lives in pools and slow runs in clear, cool streams that are surrounded by dense riverbanks covered in mountain laurel.  Learn more...

  • Service and its partners remove another dam in greater Birmingham area, improves aquatic habitat

    November 22, 2013 | 4 minute read

    Big Canoe Creek is home to some of America’s rarest aquatic species. A project sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is already dramatically improving water quality and habitat of the creek, giving those imperiled species a better chance at recovery.  Learn more...


  • A large, old concrete dam.
    Information icon Wateree Dam. Photo by USFWS.


    Hydropower, a renewable source of energy, is widely used throughout the United States and the world. Hydropower projects usually consist of damming a river to create a reservoir or lake. Water flowing through turbines in the dam create electricity. Dams, and the reservoirs they create, can also be used for water supply, flood control, and recreation. Although producing hydroelectricity does not emit any greenhouse gas emissions, the damming of rivers can have detrimental effects to our streams and rivers.  Learn more...

  • A bald eagle flying across a blue sky with a silver fish in its tallons.
    Information icon A bald eagle with a freshly caught fish. Photo by USFWS.

    Migratory birds

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Migratory Bird Program works with partners to protect, restore, and conserve bird populations and their habitats for the benefit of future generations by: Ensuring long-term ecological sustainability of all migratory bird populations, Increasing socioeconomic benefits derived from birds, Improving hunting and bird watching and other outdoor bird-related experiences, and Increasing awareness of the value of migratory birds and their habitats for their aesthetic, ecological, recreational and economic significance.  Learn more...


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