Sturgeon River Projects
2017 Sturgeon River Project Planning
Beaver Dam Removal Projects
Fish Passage Program 2019 (FFP)
PURPOSE: To identify and remove natural barriers (i.e. beaver dams) which impede fish passage. The ability of a trout to move up or down stream is incredibly crucial to the overall health of the population. Trout move up and down river for various reasons. The time of year can determine what kind of habitat fish prefer. In the winter months, trout will reside near the inside banks with cover or down in deep slow moving pools where they do not have expend as much energy. In the summer months trout may need to seek out more oxygenated water as the water temperatures increase. If a beaver dam impedes their ability to travel to that high oxygen content riffle or the slow, deep pool, that isolated trout population may suffer. A trout’s need for different water type may depend on its diet and the search for food always continues. Trout need access to all parts of a river system.
The goal of the Fish Passage Program is to identify and remove beaver dams in Headwaters Chapter TU primary and secondary watersheds. Through this program we will improve the overall health of our trout populations.