Red River Basin Dam Modifications at Little Bemidji by orv89881

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									Red River Basin Dam Modifications at Little Bemidji and Sergent
     Lakes, White Earth Reservation, MN

Project Summary: Sergent Lake and Little Bemidji Lake dams are located in
the Red River basin on the White Earth Reservation in western Minnesota. These
two dams prevent movement to diverse lake and riverine habitats important to
lake sturgeon, channel catfish, walleye, largemouth bass and other fish species.
Lakes within the Red River basin contain important macrohabitats needed in the
successful restoration of the species. Sturgeon are currently stocked by the
White Earth DNR and FWS in White Earth Lake (Wild Rice watershed), Round
Lake (Otter Tail watershed), and Otter Tail River by the Minnesota DNR. Project
plan is to modify both Sergent Lake dam and Little Bemidji Lake to a rock arch
rapids. This design has successfully been used throughout the Red River basin
and other rivers in Minnesota. The rock rapids design will allow passage and
improve inter-lake movement within the Wild Rice and Otter Tail watersheds by
resident and migrating fish species.


Project Partners: White Earth Band of Ojibwe, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
and Minnesota DNR

Projected Completion: Fall 2009




                                               Photo credit: White Earth DNR

          Upstream view of the dam at Sergent Lake. Dam is in the Wild Rice
          watershed on the White Earth Reservation in Mahnomen County, Minnesota.
                                                   Photo credit: White Earth DNR

          Side view of dam at Sergent Lake. The dam is in the Wild Rice watershed on
          the White Earth Reservation in Mahnomen County, Minnesota.




                                                        Photo credit: USFWS

Upstream view of the dam at Little Bemidji Lake. The dam is in the Otter Tail watershed
on the White Earth Reservation in Becker County, Minnesota.
              Sergent
              Lake dam




                                              Little
                                              Bemidji
                                              Dam


                                 Otter Tail
                                 River




Map of White Earth Reservation showing locations of Sergent Lake (name not on map)
and Little Bemidji Lake.

								
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