Menominee River Area of Concern Fish Passage
Grant Recipient:

Grant Awarded:

$2,883,495

Lake Basin(s):

Michigan

Project Location(s):

Menominee, MI and Marinette, WI

Implement the third phase of a multi-phase project to help restore lake sturgeon in the Lake Michigan basin. Project will reconnect 21 miles of historic spawning and rearing habitat in the Menominee River with Lake Michigan by providing upstream and downstream fish passage around two dams. The project’s goal is to grow the Lake Michigan lake sturgeon population by reconnecting the existing population with historic spawning and rearing habitat in the Menominee River. To achieve this goal, several partners, the state natural resources agencies of Wisconsin and Michigan; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; the dams’ owner, Eagle Creek Renewable Energy, Inc., and two NGOs (River Alliance of Wisconsin and the Michigan Hydro Reform Coalition), have for several years been analyzing options and alternatives to moving lake sturgeon upstream and downstream of the so-called Park Mill and Menominee hydro dams. The partners developed a three-phase conceptual fish passage and protection plan aimed at achieving the collective goal of lake sturgeon passage on the Menominee River.

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