Trout Travails in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa Treated With More Than $300,000 in Fish Aid

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Trout Travails in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa Treated with more than $300,000 in Fish Aid Recognizing the need to fix crumbling stream-banks and dilapidated culverts, and to improve water quality for brook trout and other aquatic species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently provided more than $300,000 to support 16 fish habitat projects in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. With nearly $1 million in partner contributions, the projects will restore and enhance stream habitat to improve recreational fishing and help aquatic resources in the heart of the Upper Mississippi River basin.

The funding is provided for priority projects identified under the National Fish Habitat Action Plan. The partnerships formed as part of the plan help direct funding and other resources to habitat improvement projects offering the highest long-term conservation returns.

The Driftless Area Restoration Effort is one of six regional partnerships identified by NFHAP to coordinate on-the-ground rehabilitation, restoration and habitat improvement projects. Otherwise known as the “Driftless Area,” the invaluable Midwestern landscape that stretches through portions of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois has one of the highest concentrations of limestone spring creeks in the world.

Funding for NFHAP Partnership projects in Wisconsin include:

Pine Creek in Pierce County will benefit from $22,384 in Service funds and $86,500 in partner funds to restore spring flow and reduce sedimentation for brook trout and other native fish.

Camp Creek in Richland County will benefit from $22,384 in Service funds and $129,199 in partner funds to restore instream and riparian habitat.

Funding for NFHAP Partnership projects in Minnesota include:

Trout Run Creek in Fillmore County will benefit from $22,384 in Service funds and $60,000 in partner funds to restore riparian habitat and improve overhead cover and instream habitat for brown trout, sculpin, darters and other native fish species.

Hay Creek will benefit from $22,384 in Service funds and $80,500 in partner funds to restore riparian habitat and improve overhead cover and instream habitat for brown trout, sculpin, darters and other native fish species

Funding for NFHAP Partnership projects in Iowa include:

Little Turkey River County will benefit from the $10,955 in Service funds and $15,150 in partner funds to enhance instream habitat, stabilize actively eroding banks, and improve bank vegetation to benefit brook trout, brown trout and other native species.

Trout River will benefit from $22,384 in Service funds and $54,744 in partner funds to enhance instream and riparian habitat and improve bank vegetation to benefit brook trout, brown trout and other native species.

For a complete listing of funded projects, please visit: http://www.fws.gov/fisheries

For more information about the National Fish Habitat Action Plan, its partnerships and programs, please visit: http://www.fishhabitat.org

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws.gov