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Episode 7. April McEwen – Middle Fork Nooksack Fish Passage

In this episode, April McEwen, River Restoration Project Manager at American Rivers, talks about the Middle Fork Nooksack Fish Passage Project and other Pacific northwest dam removals that occurred during the summer of 2020 to restore over 100 miles of habitat. She emphasizes the importance of partnerships and collaboration to make these successful projects. She worked closely with the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, City of Bellingham, Nooksack Indian Tribe, Lummi Nation, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Puget Sound Partnership, NOAA Restoration Center, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Resources Legacy Fund, and Long Live the Kings to bring the Middle Fork Nooksack project to fruition after two decades of attempts. April talks about challenges and successes, as well as the importance of ongoing monitoring. She also provides inspiring and encouraging words for young professionals. For a before and after photo of the Middle Fork Nooksack dam removal and more websites mentioned in this episode, please visit: nwfishpassage.com. Enjoy! 

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Before Photo: Middle Fork Nooksack River Dam, Photo Credit: Brett Baunton
After Photo: Middle Fork Nooksack River. Photo Credit: Brett Baunton
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