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Fish Habitat Partnerships Making a Difference: Alteration of Christine and Hickson Dams, Red River, North Dakota

from the National Fish Habitat Partnership's 2015 Through a Fish's Eye Report

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Partnership - Great Plains Fish Habitat Partnership Lake Sturgeon were an important protein and cultural resource for Native Americans and a key food resource for early settlers in the Red River basin in the 1800’s and earlier. By the mid-1900’s, this unique species was extirpated from this river system as the result of barrier and dam construction, overharvest, and pollution. In the late 1980’s, a broad coalition started the process of reestablishing this key species back into its native range in the Red River system with a focus on rehabilitating habitat, removing barriers/dams, and re-populating the river using hatchery fish. The Christine and Hickson dams were 2 of 3 remaining mainstem dams that prevented fish from freely [...]

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The U.S Geological Survey (USGS) is partnering with the National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP) to produce the 2015 report entitled, "Through a Fish's Eye: The Status of Fish Habitats in the United States 2015". The information contained within this item is a product of NFHP. The Bureau is neither responsible nor liable for the accuracy or the use of the scientific content within this item. This content is considered preliminary pending subsequent review and approval.
Christine Dam prior to restoration
Christine Dam prior to restoration

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  • Red River, North Dakota - Alteration of Christine and Hickson Dams

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