Results and Accomplishments
Since its inception, the National Fish Passage Program has worked with more than 140 partners to remove or bypass 287 barriers, restoring access to approximately 3,500 miles of stream habitat and restoring more than 70,000 acres of aquatic habitat. At least 20 federally-listed or candidate species have directly benefited from these actions. Local examples include:
Cuddebackville Dam Removal–In 2003, anglers, local conservation groups, and Fish Passage removed the Cuddebackville Dam on the Neversink River in New York, opening 40 miles of spawning and rearing habitat for key fish species, improving habitat for the federally endangered dwarf wedgemussel, and enhancing angling opportunities.
Leopard Darter Recovery–The Little River system in the Red River basin of Oklahoma and Arkansas is home to commercial forestry operations and the listed leopard darter fish. Fish Passage, the Weyerhaeuser Corp., and the John Hancock Corp. are working together to install box culverts beneath low water road crossings to allow annual migration of leopard darters to their spawning riffles. In all, 16 low water road crossings will be bypassed by culverts, 30 miles of streams opened, and two miles of riparian habitat improved.
Silver Salmon Creek Fish Passage Restoration Project–A road crossing on Salmon River Creek blocked critical fish species from eight miles of streams. A 2002 flood added a second barrier to migration of juvenile anadromous fish. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the Kenai Watershed Forum, and Fish Passage replaced the existing culvert with a larger one and restored 400 feet of stream channel, opening eight miles of critical spawning and rearing habitat.