WADSWORTH, Nev. (AP) — U.S. and tribal officials are celebrating the completion of a $34 million fish bypass system at a Nevada dam that will allow threatened trout to return to some of their native spawning grounds for the first time in more than a century.
Construction of the fish-friendly side channel is a major step toward someday enabling the Lahontan cutthroat trout to make the entire 100-mile trip upstream. They would journey from a desert lake on tribal land northeast of Reno to Lake Tahoe before Derby Dam was built in 1905.
It’s a joint project involving Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, two federal agencies, and the Farmers Conservation Alliance.
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