“Everyone is happy with this project,” notes Scott Roth, biologist for the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Scott coordinates the National Fish Passage Program and National Fish Habitat Partnership Program for USFWS Region 6.
“It is a big project at 100 yards across, larger than most we deal with, so we are also glad to have been able to complete it! The McLaughlin team had a lot to do with the success: I always felt that Ben (Nielsen) had an open door to discuss issues, and appreciate that. Contributing to our effort to connect species we know exists above and below the dam – flannel mouth sucker, bluehead sucker and round tail chub – is very important. These populations will be able to maintain a level genetic diversity that helps them withstand changes in their environment.”
“It’s important to remember that the project solved a major safety hazard and has improved the structure that the irrigators can depend upon with confidence, in addition to helping fish. I feel we benefited a great deal from the partnerships created by this project, and look forward to having another opportunity to work with Ben in the future.”