New Mexico Fish & Wildlife Conservation Office
Southwest Region

National Fish Passage Program

Photo of a colorado pikeminnow eating a channel catfish
Colorado Pikeminnow & catfish. Credit: USFWS
Photo of mules with fish paniers
Fish hauling. Credit: USFWS
Photo of construction of the Rio Paguate Fish Passage
Rio Paguate Passage Construction. Credit: USFWS
Photo of service members seining at Big Bend
Seining at Big Bend. Credit: USFWS
Photo of a service member holding a Rio Grande cutthroat trout
Rio Grande cutthroat trout at Poso Creek. Credit: USFWS
Photo of Fish Biologist Weston Furr at Rio Grande silvery minnow sanctuary
Weston Furr at the sanctuary. Credit: USFWS

The National Fish Passage Program (NFPP) is a voluntary, non-regulatory effort that provides financial and technical assistance to remove or bypass artificial barriers that impede the movement of fish and contribute to their decline.

The NMFWCO works with partners in identifying and prioritizing fish passage needs on state, federal and private lands.  These projects include low water stream crossings, culvert replacement, and passage through water diversion structures.  The NMFWCO and their partners have successfully opened miles of river to fishes that were previously inaccessible due to diversion structures. For more information on the National Fish Passage Program please visit

Project Lead:  Stephen R. Davenport; 505-342-9900 ext. 106;

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NMFWCO, Navajo Nation
Low-water Crossings

(2.9 MB PDF)

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NMFWCO, Pueblo de Cochiti
Low-water Crossings

(1.12 MB PDF)


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Last updated: May 29, 2015