Construction of a Rock Arch Rapids at Quasqueton Dam on the Wapsipinicon River, Iowa

Project Description: 
The Wapsipinicon River has one of the longest and continuous stretches of natural and scenic river in the state of Iowa. The Waspi contains a diverse mussel community and dams on this river impede movement of native fish that are host species to federal and state listed mussel species. Quasqueton dam will be modified to a rock arch rapids by constructing a series of rock weirs.
Ecological Benefit: 
Construction of a rock arch rapids at the Quasqueton Dam will increase access to critically needed seasonal floodplain habitats for walleye, northern pike, bass and other native fishes and allow for the upstream expansion of the federally listed Endangered Higgins' eye pearly mussel and other imperiled mussel species within the watershed.
Project Status: 
proposal
Partner Funding: 
$330,000
Service Funding: 
$157,143
Louise Mauldin

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