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Denil Fish Ladder Closed
ELLICOTT CITY –The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fisheries Service today confirmed that the Denil fish ladder at Bloede Dam will not be repaired and opened this year because of damage done to the fishway during the winter months. The fishway has suffered chronic winter damage each year and the dam is slated for removal to allow fish a clear pathway through this area. The fishway has passed only a few anadromous fish since its construction in 1993.
“DNR's Fish Passage program is now focusing on removal of fish blockages,” said Gina Hunt, Assistant Director of Policy and Regulatory Programs for the Fisheries Service. “In addition to dam removals we can remove blockages that create a water drop of one foot or more and free up more miles for less money”.
The Fish Passage Program's purpose is to restore migratory species to at or near historic levels of the 1950s. There are four major elements: remove or bypass blockages, reintroduce target species, bio-monitor and educate.
Since its inception, this program has opened 340.4 miles of waterway, allowing for the passage of targeted species such as hickory shad, river herring, white perch, yellow perch, and eels to historic spawning habitat.
May 7, 2007
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