Fish passage project
bolsters a steelhead fishery
A fish passage structure built in a Lake Erie tributary in Pennsylvania created a steelhead fishery and gave resident and migratory fish access to four additional miles of free-flowing stream by reconnecting the lake with the upper reaches of the watershed.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission constructed a pair of fish passage devices along Fourmile Creek, a tributary of Lake Erie, which enters the lake east of Erie, Pa. The project was completed in two phases. The first phase restored fish passage at river mile 0.2 by the constructing an Alaskan Steep-pass fish-way at the Lawrence Park Golf Course dam in 2010. The second phase restored passage at river mile 0.4 by constructing a 250-foot long naturalized bypass channel to restore fish passage to four miles of stream habitat along Fourmile Creek.
Resource Challenges Addressed
- Lack of native habitat
- Stream fragmentation
- Lack of fish passage
- Excessive stormwater runoff
FOURMILE CREEK FISH PASSAGE PROJECT
Location: Lawrence Park Township, Pa.
Approximate cost: $130,000. The project was funded in part by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
Key partners: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Lawrence Park Golf Course, Erie County Conservation District, Pennsylvania Sea Grant, Lawrence Park Township, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Types of jobs created: Biologists, engineers, and construction tradesmen
Results and Accomplishments
Constructed a bypass channel to restore upstream fish passage to four miles of stream habitat along Fourmile Creek. The project establishes steelhead access into the middle and upper reaches of Fourmile Creek and creates a recreational steelhead fishery.