The Cape Fear Arch visits Cape Fear Lock and Dam #1

The Cape Fear Arch had a wonderful quarterly meeting yesterday that included a trip to the Cape Fear Lock and Dam #1 to see the rock arch fish passage.  The fish passage is being constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers and is almost complete.  The passage allows anadromous fish to migrate up the river to their spawning ground.

Looking over lock and dam #1, hard hats and life vests required by The Army Corps of Engineers. Safety first!

In my previous blog posts “Anadromous Fish” and “It’s Turkey Season…” I discussed the fish passage and what the Cape Fear River Partnership has been working on to support migratory fish.  The Cape Fear Arch is in the process of determining how they might help the Cape Fear River Partnership achieve its goals, since both groups have many of the same partners.

The rock arch fish passage is nearly complete and you can see it spans the entire length of the dam.

We had a wonderful trip and I would especially like to thank Tom Charles, Natural Resource Specialist for The Army Corps of Engineers and Frank Yelverton, Biologist for The Army Corps of Engineers for giving us the grand tour of lock and dam #1 and the rock arch fish passage.

This photo is from earlier in 2012 and you can see the fish passage only spans half of the dam.

About secpnc

My name is Sara Babin and I am the Conservation Coordinator for The Nature Conservancy Southeast Coastal Plain program in Wilmington, NC. Our office is responsable for the maintenance and restoration of 35,000 acres of preserve land owned by The Nature Conservancy. We protect the land for ecologically significant species in hopes to ensure a lasting natural history legacy for future generations to enjoy. This blog will highlight our most exciting activities and events with much of the focus being on our controlled burn program. With this blog we hope to share the ins and outs of what we do and how it is bettering the world for plants, animals, and people.
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