Friday, June 6, 2014

Dam demolished on Forty Mile creek (Banff National Park)

Photo, courtesy Rocky Mountain Outlook

Dam demolished on Forty Mile creek (Banff National Park)

by Cathy Ellis, Rocky Mountain Outlook, June 5, 2014

From the article:

"Wendy Francis, program director for the Yellowstone to Yukon (Y2Y) Conservation Initiative, said partial removal of the dam is a good news story and the risks are low compared to the long-term potential ecological benefits.

She said Y2Y completed a detailed report on ecological integrity of the Upper Bow River watershed in 2008, and one of the study’s recommendations was removal of the dam on Forty Mile Creek, restoration of habitat and aquatic connectivity to the Bow River.

“There’s all kinds of impacts associated with having that dam on that creek for all of these decades, not the least of which is preventing free movement of native fish species up and down the creek,” she said.

“Restoring the ability of native fish to move up and down is a really good thing.”

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