Cape Fear River Lock and Dam #1


my name is Keith Ashley I’m the district
for fisheries biologist with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
and we are here today at Lock and Dam number one one the Cape Fear River near
riga wood to inspect the ongoing rock arch rabbits construction project the
ultimate goal of this project is to provide greatly improved fish passage
past all three locks and dams on the Cape Fear River for all migrating fish
species not just an animist fish species such as striped bass American shad
herring and sturgeon but Khattab dermis species as well such as the American eel
hopefully the greatly improved fish passage will begin with this project my
name’s Tom Charles I’m a park ranger with the Army Corps of Engineers with
the Cape Fear locks and dams in the wilmington district well this lock and
dam is the first lock and dam out of three that the Corps manages the locks
and dams and all three of them are managed as wrecker is we have restrooms
shelters and boat ramps below each lock and dam this lock and dam was
constructed in 1915 the other ones 1917 and 1935 we hope that when this fish
passage is complete to have a centennial event to celebrate not just the
construction of the fish passage but the 100-year anniversary of the lock and dam
itself this project originated back in 1998 and was not designed to increase
the depth and width of the wilmington harbor area as part of that process the
Corps of Engineers had to obtain a special permit from the National Marine
Fisheries Service for the take of up to two endangered sturgeon as part of the
mitigation process the resource agencies decided that the rock arch rapids
project would provide the greatest benefits to the fisheries resources of
the Cape Fear River this project has been a long time in coming but through
the persistence of Wildlife Resources Commission staff in Inland Fisheries and
habitat conservation the rock art Rapids project
is becoming a reality recreational anglers should see greatly improved
numbers of all migrating fish species in the Cape Fear River once the project is
completed we hope to achieve a passage rate of approximately 80% here at Lock
and Dam number one it’s very popular for a recreational fisherman the families
utilize the shelter we have annual shad festivals here we we get a lot of usage
on our boat ramps we’ve got a lot of bird watchers out here to see the
Mississippi kites and swallowtail kites which is pretty unique to see them in
this area so this place has something for everybody if you’re a fisherman a
bird watcher canoer or if you just want to go out and relax
and get out into the woods and see the beautiful river this is a place to come
in summary we have very high hopes for the potential of this project to
successfully pass migrating fish past all three locks and dams on the Cape
Fear River it is a reflection of the partnerships that have come into play
amongst the resource agencies both state and federal to show what can be
accomplished when everyone works together it is a shining example of a
true win-win situation when sensitive natural resources are faced with
development activities that have the potential to adversely affect them you

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