To many people, “fish passage” means salmon migrating upstream to their spawning grounds and downstream out to sea. There’s more to the story. American shad and river herring (both alewife and bluebacks) once came up and down the Farmington by the tens of thousands too, and some still make the attempt. American eels and sea lampreys still make the journey every year also. Even local fish like trout and dace need to travel freely within the river to find good habitat. Many more animals—reptiles, amphibians, and mammals—need free passage along the edges of rivers and streams to in order survive and maintain healthy populations.
There are literally hundreds of barriers in their way, either old dams or culverts where streams pass under roads.
At FRWA, we work with many partners to remove these barriers.