Connectivity Pilot

While dams and roads in the Great Lakes region have long served human needs for flood management, transportation, energy generation, recreation and sea lamprey control, they have also adversely fragmented our freshwater systems. More than 7,000 dams and 135,000 road crossings act as barriers to water flow and fish passage, disrupting river connectivity essential to the overall economic and ecological health of the region.

This Blue Accounting pilot program will support and serve collaborative efforts by federal and state agencies and NGOs to assess the benefits and drawbacks of barrier removal in light of basin-wide goals, and facilitate a better flow of information between stakeholders, with an overall goal of promoting healthy, diverse and connected habitats.