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Urge Oregon to Fund the Removal of High Priority Fish Barriers

Please ask the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board to support Fielder and Wimer dam removals project on Evans Creek

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Urge Oregon to Fund the Removal of High Priority Fish Barriers

Fielder Dam

Please ask the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board to support Fielder and Wimer dam removals project on Evans Creek, an important salmon spawning tributary of the Rogue River. The Board will make its decision at its April 29th meeting - so please let OWEB know today that you support funding this important dam removal project!

Removing Fielder and Wimer dams would be one of the most significant steps that we can take to help restore the Rogue River's incredible steelhead and salmon fishery. Each year that goes by, these obsolete dams continue to harm salmon and steelhead and limit fish production in Evans Creek and the Rogue Basin as a whole. The removal of these two dams would open up 70 miles of spawning habitat for a number of salmon species.

In Oregon’s 2013 Statewide Fish Passage Priority List these two dams on Evans Creek have been identified by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife as two of the top ten highest priority fish barriers in the whole state. The high quality habitat for a number of anadromous fish species is just waiting for access to be restored. Numerous biologists have concluded that the fish ladders on Wimer and Fielder dams are inadequate, and block or impede passage for anadromous fish.

There is a lot of momentum behind this project that would significantly benefit salmon and other anadromous species in the Rogue Basin. Landowners have signed agreements to allow access to their property for the removal of these dams, and many groups are working to remove these dams.

Please help move this worthy project forward without delay!

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