Released On: July 18, 2005
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has identified the Lower Yellowstone River as a priority recovery area for pallid sturgeon. The diversion dam poses a barrier to the migration of the sturgeon to historic spawning habitat. Fish entrainment also has been identified as an issue at the diversion dam. Fish, including pallid sturgeon released above the dam, can become trapped in the main canal.
Reclamation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and The Nature Conservancy signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in Helena, Mont., on Friday, July 8. The MOU calls for the five entities to work together to evaluate and then design and build modifications at the dam that would allow pallid sturgeon to pass upstream and which would reduce fish entrainment into the main canal.
Jewell said the MOU partners also will work together on complying with environmental laws and securing public and private funding for the project.
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