Fishing & Boating News

Agency, Partners Will Pool $4.8 Million To Remove 91 Fish Passage Barriers In 26 States

by: Ken Burton, Office Public Affairs,

(Aug. 09, 2004 - Washington, DC) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the agency's partners will pool $4.8 million in 2004 to remove 91 barriers to fish passage in 26 states.

Service funds for the popular Fish Passage Program, amounting to $2.8 million, will be supplemented by another $2 million in matching funds from a wide array of partners ranging from civic and conservation organizations, local and State governments and other Federal agencies.

"Since 2001, the Fish Passage Program has removed 158 barriers across the country," said Interior Secretary Gale Norton. "The Service, working with local communities and partner agencies, is using a voluntary, non-regulatory approach to restore natural flows and fish migration. Rivers are running their natural course, habitat has been restored, and the fish are coming back."

"Our partners in this program enable us to really stretch taxpayer's dollars," Director Steve Williams said. "That gives us a budget that lets us do far more than we could if we were in this alone. It's all voluntary, and it remains one of the most popular programs."

Fish Passage works to remove obstructions in waterways that prevent fish from reaching spawning grounds or historic habitat. Projects can be as small as inserting culverts under roads or railroad tracks or as large as the removal last February of the 95-year-old Embrey Dam near Fredericksburg by a military explosives team.

Many of the small dams targeted for removal date as far back as the American and Industrial Revolutions. Those dams were built either to accommodate early barge traffic or to provide power or irrigation for a young country. As times changed, many of the dams were abandoned but remained in place, serving only to block populations of fish and contributing to their gradual decline.

Completion of the 2004 projects will open 19,364 acres and more than 3,048 miles of waterways for fish, contributing to larger populations and more recreational fishing opportunities.

STATE Expected Funds Expected Matching Miles
Project Waterway
Received
Funds
Opened
ALASKA $505,860 $40,000 126
Anchorage Bowl Inventory $20,998 na
Kenai Peninsula Inventory $20,554 na
Matanuska-Susitna Inventory $25,000 na
Cannery Creek $10,000 8
Chena Slough $50,000 $30,000 15
Muskrat Creek $35,000 1
Lake Miam $4,000 12
Chijuk Creek $5,000 15
Lower Ship Creek $25,000 1
Upper Piledriver Slough $50,000 5
Sinona Creek $5,000 9
Moose Creek $22,387 25
Two Moose Creek $15,000 18
Question Creek $2,500 $10,000
Morgan's Landing $25,000 5
Stariski Creek $35,421 5
Pullen Creek $35,000 2
Kern Creek $60,000 3
Rabbit Slough $60,000 2
ARIZONA $136,400 10
Haigler Creek $52,000 2
West Turkey Creek $11,200 1
Black Draw $13,200 2
Canyon Creek $60,000 5
CALIFORNIA $27,000
Shasta River $27,000
FLORIDA $90,000 5
Oyster Lake $50,000
Barrier Inventory $10,000 $5,000 na
Little Rocky Creek $30,000 5
GEORGIA $115,000 $68,000 16
Rock Creek - Chattahootchie NF $50,000 $6,000 4
Dill Creek - Chattahootchie NF $50,000 $50,000 8
Falling Creek - Oconee NF $15,000 $12,000 4
IOWA $52,000 $38,200 22
Shellrock River $52,000 $38,200 22
IDAHO $28,336 $51,000 28
Jacknife Creek $13,000 5
Squaw Creek $2,336 5
Togoggan Creek $13,000 $51,000 18
ILLINOIS $60,300 $15,799 69
Big Rock Creek $60,300 $15,799 69
MAINE $160,000 Not in total below 500
Penobscot River $75,000 $50,000,000 500
Penobscot River Inventory $45,000 na
Sheepscot River $40,000 25
MARYLAND $85,000 $1,000 12
Wicomico Creek $40,000 12
Raven Rock Creek $30,000
Chester River Fishway Evaluation $15,000 $1,000 na
MICHIGAN $96,060 $263,500 18
Northern Lower MI Watersheds $55,500 $150,000 10
Carp River $40,560 $113,500 8
MINNESOTA $100,000 $200,000 65
Red River $100,000 $200,000 65
MISSOURI $82,300 $64,700 31
Osage River Basin $64,700 $64,700 17
Ditch 11 - Mingo NWR $17,600 14
MONTANA $157,000 $367,040 1935
Red Rock Lakes NWR $55,000 $20,000
Tongue River $50,000 $10,000 35
Clear Creek $13,000 2003 two-year project na
Blackfoot River $39,000 $337,040 1900
NEBRASKA $8,800 na
Spaulding Dam $8,800 2003 two-year project na
NEVADA $89,000 $50,000 na
Truckee River $89,000 $50,000 na
NEW YORK $56,000
Peconic River $56,000
OKLAHOMA $222,000 $208,000 10
Little River Tributaries $222,000 $208,000 10
PENNSYLVANIA $144,000 $159,000 88
Susquehanna River Tributaries $64,000 $100,000 30
Ridley Creek $20,000 $59,000 8
Conodoquinet Creek $10,000 25
Conococheague Creek $50,000 25
TEXAS $17,500 $41,470 12
Brundett Lake $17,500 $41,470 12
UTAH $100,000 $50,000 10
Provo River $100,000 $50,000 10
VERMONT $35,000 $100,000 5
Lake Champlain Basin $35,000 $100,000 5
WASHINGTON $338,312 $238,170 29
Pants Creek $45,400 $18,410 1
Cedar Creek $80,000 $30,000 1
Washington Culvert Inventory $55,000 na
St. Andrews Drive $74,600 $60,000 9
Satsop Clogualium Road $40,112 $129,760 5
White Salmon River $43,200 13
WEST VIRGINIA $12,000
Shenandoah River Fishway Evaluation $12,000 na
WISCONSIN $29,022 $72,000 27
Vaughn Creek $16,900 $10,000 2
Pike River $12,122 $62,000 25
WYOMING $90,000 30
Mill Creek $25,000 20
Bull Lake Creek $45,000 2003 two-year project na
Popo Agie $20,000 10
TOTALS $2,836,890 $2,027,879 3,048