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Manchester River Project Gains National Recognition

June 24th, 2016

News Coverage:

June 20, 2016

Manchester River Project Gains National Recognition

Alex Brown | Inside INdiana Business


An initiative led by Manchester University aiming to restore Eel River in northern Indiana has been recognized by the National Fish Habitat Partnership. The organization has put the university's project on its 10 "Waters to Watch" list for 2016. 

The project is being overseen by Manchester's Environmental Studies Program. Its mission is to "design and implement a holistic strategy to restore the ecological integrity of the Eel River basin within the context of human endeavors and to provide ecological research opportunities" for Manchester students.

The Eel River is a tributary of the Wabash River. Manchester says, with the help of NFHP funding, they have been able to remove two low-head dams, with a third scheduled for removal this fall. The university says, ecologically, its efforts have made the river safer for humans and research has shown an improvement in stream habitat and fish community structure following the removal of the dams.

You can click here to learn more about the Eel River project. You can find more information on the "Waters to Watch" list by clicking here.