A Fishway For Your Stream
Providing Fish Passage Around Dams in the Northeast
by CRC and the National Park Service
Using the experience of our Migratory Fisheries Restoration Program, CRC and the National Park Service have prepared a “how-to” manual for river conservationists and communities interested in restoring access for migratory fish to spawning habitats that have been blocked by small dams.
This grassroots handbook was developed in 2000 to support our Migratory Fisheries Initiative. It is designed to guide community groups, landowners and towns through the process of installing fishways at barriers to migratory fish passage.
Developed in partnership with the National Park Service, the manual has four major sections that start with why build a fishway and then provide step-by-step guidance on their design, construction, and operation.
It was co-authored by Tom Maloney, CRC’s River Steward for the Lower Valley at that time, Steve Gephard, fisheries biologist with the CT Department of Environmental Protection, and John Monroe of the National Park Service’s Rivers and Trails Program.
“Our goal is to share the valuable experience the Council and its partners have gained in building fishways,” said Tom Maloney, “ and to raise awareness and encourage others to help restore New England’s fisheries. If you have a nearby stream that you’d like to restore or are interested in the ecology of migratory fish, this is just the help you’ve been looking for.”
The booklet provides information on the ecology of anadromous fish, and describes the problems that dams and other barriers pose to fish. Besides detailing the steps local citizens can take to plan for the restoration of migratory fisheries in their community, it includes a list of contacts for help in planning and constructing fishways.
The following organizations and foundations supported research on and publication of the Fishway Manual: the National Park Service Rivers & Trails Program, the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, the Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge, the Sounds Conservancy Program of the Quebec/Labrador Program and the French Foundation. Many thanks to these organizations and to the many individuals who helped us to prepare it. [/expand]
©2000 Connecticut River Watershed Council, Inc.
A joint publication of CRC and the Rivers & Trails Program of the National Park Service
Soft Cover, 40 pp, 9 x 6″, Free at CRC’s offices, by mail for $2.50 for postage and handling