Plan finalized to test boosting Fort Peck Dam releases to encourage pallid sturgeon to spawn

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Pallid sturgeon are living dinosaurs. Their ancestors swam in waters when T-rexes roamed the Earth. The fish are now an endangered species due to dams built on rivers like the Missouri and Yellowstone that confine their migratory spawning runs.

The EIS includes information on reservoir visitation showing most people come from outside the region.

Brett French

A plan designed to test whether boosting water releases from Fort Peck Dam in the spring could help endangered pallid sturgeon successfully spawn has been approved.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released its environmental impact statement on Sept. 24 outlining its proposed path forward as well as the predicted economic impacts.

Under its chosen alternative, when reservoir water levels allow,

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