New FishPass Project Blocks to Block Invasive Species

A new barrier in the Boardman River known as FishPass, will soon replace the Union Street Dam.

The barrier will selectively allow fish to pass through while blocking and removing invasive species.

An engineer with the Great Lakes Fishery Commission says this is necessary, not only based on the need to block invasive species, but also to be sure native fish are able to get through.

Part of this project includes a research facility, allowing the public to stay informed.

“It’s going to be visible so there’s going to be a strong outreach and education component to the project that you know people are going to be able to interact with scientists and see what’s going on on a daily basis,” said Dan Zielinski, an engineer for the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.

Construction for the FishPass is expected to begin in June 2020.