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Title: Improving fish passage through navigation dams on the Upper Mississippi River System
Authors: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. St. Louis District.
Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center (Geological Survey)
United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Rock Island District.
Upper Mississippi River-Illinois Waterway System Navigation Study.
Johnson, Daniel J.
Cornish, Mark A.
Hodgins, Issac J.
Johnson, Brian L. (Brian Lloyd)
Keywords: Dams
Hydraulic structures
Illinois River
Mississippi River
Fish passage
Migratory fish
Environmental management
Publisher: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. St. Paul District.
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Description: Technical Report
Abstract: Improving fish passage through dams is recognized as an important way to restore river ecosystems. The Upper Mississippi River System (UMRS) has a series of 29 navigation dams on the Mississippi River and 7 navigation dams on the Illinois River. An interagency Fish Passage Team was formed to plan for improving fish passage at the UMRS navigation dams. This report was prepared to provide information for use in the Upper Mississippi River-Illinois Waterway Navigation Study. Of the 143 native fish species in the UMRS, at least 34 species are migratory. The design characteristics and-operation of most UMRS navigation dams allow both upriver and downriver fish passage. Downriver fish passage can occur through the locks and the gated sections of the dams. Some of the dams in the system impose complete barriers to upriver fish passage except through the navigation locks. Opportunity for upriver fish passage through the navigation dams depends on hydraulic conditions at the dams, fish behavior, and fish swimming abilities. Operational changes and structural modifications at UMRS navigation dams are possible and may improve opportunity for fish passage throughout the UMRS. Nature-like fishways designed to mimic a natural river channel show the most promise as fish passage improvements on the UMRS. Improved access to habitats should benefit fish and mussel populations in the river system. NOTE: This.pdf file is large. Allow your browser several minutes to download the file.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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