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USACE, Omaha District announces Lower Yellowstone project ribbon cutting ceremony

USACE Omaha, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
Published June 23, 2022
Yellowstone downstream end of bypass channel

Downstream end of fish bypass channel on Yellowstone River near Glendive, Mont. (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Courtesy Photo)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in conjunction with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will be co-hosting an official ribbon cutting ceremony for the Lower Yellowstone Intake Diversion Dam Fish Passage Project, July 26, on Joe’s Island in Montana.

The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will also celebrate the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s 120th Anniversary.

The USACE, Omaha District, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently completed construction of this 11,150-foot-long bypass channel to provide fish passage for the endangered pallid sturgeon. The bypass channel will open an additional 165 river miles of Yellowstone River habitat that pallid sturgeon can utilize for spawning and rearing purposes.

In addition, the project includes a new diversion structure to facilitate irrigation diversions to the Lower Yellowstone Project, which was completed by USACE in December 2021.

Release no. 22-026