Project Title: Restore Topeka Shiner (FFS #R3EF)
Project Description: The Iowa Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program received $200,000 in Recovery Act funding for restoration work benefiting the endangered Topeka Shiner. Partners projects are voluntary habitat improvement projects completed in partnership with private landowners through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife program. This project in the North Raccoon River Watershed will help restore oxbow areas to benefit the Topeka shiner, a federally endangered fish. Partners program projects are typically constructed by local contractors, working for private landowners, which further channels ARRA dollars into the local economy. Work on this project is proceeding on schedule with the projected date of completion by March 30, 2012.
The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program focuses on improving habitat for federal trust resources: migratory birds, federally-listed endangered or threatened species, and interjurisdictional fish. In Iowa, the program supports restoration of wetlands, native prairies, and riparian zones for migratory bird and endangered species habitat. It also focuses resources on control of invasive species in native habitats. Since this program began in Iowa in 1987, more than 38,000 acres of wetlands and upland habitat have been restored or enhanced, benefiting wildlife, improving soil, water and air quality, and increasing recreational opportunities.
Originally posted 08/07/2009