• Progress

    Progress toward this outcome is measured against a 2011 baseline of 2,510 stream miles open to the migration of fish. Between 2012 and 2015, 817 additional miles were opened to fish passage. This marks an 82 percent achievement of the 1,000-mile goal.

    Of the total stream miles opened between 2012 and 2015, 64 percent (more than 525 miles) were opened in Pennsylvania and 36 percent (more than 295 miles) were opened in Virginia. Three miles were opened in Maryland.

    Across the watershed, dams, culverts and other barriers inhibit stream flow, limit stream habitat and block migratory fish from reaching their spawning grounds. Removing these barriers can restore water flow, reduce sediment build-up and allow shad, herring and other migratory species to move between fresh- and saltwater habitats.

  • Management Strategy

    To achieve the fish passage outcome, participating partners have committed to:

    • Continuing to support dam removal projects already underway (including the removal of the Bloede and Centreville dams in Maryland; the Monumental Mills Dam in Virginia; and the Long Run and Heistand Sawmill dams in Pennsylvania);
    • Conducting field assessments and design studies to investigate the feasibility of future dam removal projects;
    • Prioritizing dam removal projects to ensure the strategic investment of public funds; and
    • Targeting outreach to landowners, policy makers and local governments to foster cooperation and community engagement in fish passage restoration.

    Monitoring and assessing progress toward the outcome will occur through data related to the number of stream miles opened each year (with a target of 132 miles opened every two years) and the presence of target species at restoration sites.

  • Work Plan
    Chesapeake Bay Program partners have committed to taking specific actions over the course of 2016 and 2017 to achieve the high-level approaches identified in the management strategy above.
  • Participating Partners

    The Vital Habitats Goal Implementation Team leads the effort to achieve this outcome. It works in partnership with the Sustainable Fisheries and Healthy Watersheds goal implementation teams.

    Participating partners include:

    • Maryland Department of Natural Resources (State of Maryland)
    • University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (State of Maryland)
    • Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania)
    • Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (Commonwealth of Virginia)
    • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    • Natural Resources Conservation Service (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
    • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    • U.S. Geological Survey
    • American Rivers
    • Chesapeake Bay Trust
    • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
    • The Nature Conservancy
    • Smithsonian Environmental Research Center