Stream Project to Improve Fish Habitat for the Future at Moosehorn


Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge is celebrating its 80th birthday today by improving fish habitat for the future. Northern Maine National Wildlife Refuge Complex Manager Keith Ramos and his staff are working this week to open and connect more than 5 miles of stream habitat between the St. Croix River and Nash’s Lake through the refuge.

The project will replace a failing water control structure with an arched culvert to improve fish passage. The new culvert design will allow for the upstream migration of alewife, American eel and brook trout. “This project will eliminate two aging water control structures that are frequently plugged by beavers, potentially causing road washouts,” Ramos said. “This road is open to the public year-round as part of the Vose Pond auto tour route and snowmobile trail, so a road-washout at this location would pose a danger to the public.”

Ramos said FWS staff will complete the entire project from design to installation. The Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Tribe contributed funding for the metal arch culvert, and Project SHARE (Salmon Habitat and River Enhancement) is providing on-site technical construction support. The FWS National Fish Passage Program also contributed funding for the arch culvert and technical assistance from an engineering team specializing in fish passage projects. Ramos said the project should be completed next week.

Healthy rivers and river systems are lifelines for communities in Maine and throughout the nation, providing recreation, water quality, strong economies and other benefits. By connecting and opening waterways throughout the Northeast, the FWS and partners are helping wildlife thrive and creating more resilient communities for people.