Removing Fish Passage Barriers and Improving Aquatic Habitat in Haller Creek

Photos: Todd Hogrefe

Grant Recipient:

Brown County Land and Water Conservation Department

Grant Awarded:

$68,890

Lake Basin(s):

Michigan

Project Location(s):

Haller Creek in the Village of Suamico, Brown County, WI

The Brown County Land and Water Conservation Department is aiming to eliminate 7 fish passage barriers along Haller Creek to reconnect trout streams and reopening spawning marsh habitat for northern pike and other fish. Haller Creek, a tributary to the Suamico River that flows into Green Bay, is currently disconnected by several impediments, including a concrete dam and culverts at road stream crossings. The upper 3 miles of the stream contains an estimated 300 acres of wetlands that are currently inaccessible to migratory fish that depend on stream habitat for spawning. Once the stream is re-routed and other fish passage barriers are removed, Haller Creek will provide safe passage for native migratory fish, and a minimum stream flow to the pond will be maintained using water control structures. This project will also contribute to the restoration of Beneficial Use Impairments for Loss of Fish and Wildlife Habitat and Degradation of Fish and Wildlife Populations within the Fox River/Southern Green Bay Area of Concern.

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