An open house has been scheduled for Thursday, February 26, 2015 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Spalding Fire Hall, 101 West Memorial Drive, Spalding, Nebraska to provide area residents information on the design and construction of the Spalding Fish Passage Project on the Cedar River. Currently, the dam at Spalding prevents the upstream migration of fish. This project will install a Denil style fish passage system around the dam that will allow fish to navigate the river both upstream and downstream of the dam.
A study done in 2000 revealed that the 27 miles of Cedar River between the Spalding and Ericson dams contained virtually no channel catfish. Another study completed in 2003, when the dam was offline for repairs for a significant amount of time, revealed numerous catfish in that same stretch of river between Spalding and Ericson. Additional sampling studies in 2006 and 2007, after the dam repairs were complete, again revealed virtually no catfish in the river.
While previous studies of the river and the fish passage design focused on channel catfish, all fish species native to the Cedar River should be able to utilize the fish passage. Among others, this can include the shorthead redhorse, sauger, and flathead chub.
Design of the project is complete and construction will likely begin in March. While the Nebraska Environmental Trust is funding the majority of the construction, the project holds many other Sponsors including the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Village of Spalding, and the Loup Basin RC&D Council.
Please attend the public meeting on Thursday February 26, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Spalding Fire Hall. Project sponsors and engineers will be available for one on one project discussion and to answer your questions about this unique and important project. For additional information about the Spalding Fish Passage open house, contact the Loup Basin RC&D office (308)346-3393. Follow the project on Twitter #SpaldingFishLadder