Steelhead and other Lake Erie fish now have access to four miles of spawning habitat in a Pennsylvania stream, thanks to an innovative approach to an unusual problem.
State and federal officials worked together to restore fish passage in Fourmile Creek, located just east of Erie, Pa. Excessive stormwater runoff caused scouring of the creek bed, which created a small waterfall that blocked fish passage to the upper part of the waterway.
A $130,000 project, funded in part by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, created a concrete raceway that allows fish to swim past the barrier and reach the upper portion of Fourmile Creek. Read more.