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Monday, November 2 • 1:20pm - 1:40pm
Southeast Aquatic Connectivity Program: Assessing Connectivity in Southeastern Rivers

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Kathleen Hoenke, Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership (SARP)

Fragmentation of river habitats by dams is one of the primary threats to aquatic species in the United States. Barriers limit the ability of sea-run fish species to reach preferred freshwater spawning habitats and prevent resident fish populations from moving among habitats critical to their life requirements. To help address this problem, SARP, together with the Nature Conservancy (TNC) has completed a large scale assessment of dams in the Southeastern US. The project, funded by the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (SALCC), helps support planners and managers in their efforts to target fish passage and other aquatic connectivity projects where they have the most benefit. The Southeast Aquatic Connectivity Project provides opportunities to improve aquatic connectivity by prioritizing dams based on their potential ecological benefits if removed or bypassed. In addition to SEACAP, other smaller scale assessments have been completed in North Carolina and the Tennessee Cumberland river basins. With the completion of these assessments, SARP together with American Rivers and other partners have formed a Connectivity Program with the goals of: 1) Creating a regional GIS based fish barrier inventory and assessments. 2) Providing technical support and training for assessment tools to facilitate on the ground restoration from assessment results and 3) Initiate Connectivity Teams in the 14 SARP states and bring these teams together to initiate and develop working relationships.

Monday November 2, 2015 1:20pm - 1:40pm EST
Windsor A

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