Fish Swimming and Jumping Behavior, and Their Implications for Passage Around Dams and Other Structures, are the Focus of Article in March/April 2013 Colorado Water Center Newsletter

Managing Connections: Applications of Fish Physiology Research  to Stream Connectivity and Instream Flows,” by Christopher Myrick of Colorado State University (CSU), in the March/April 2013 issue of Colorado Water, the newsletter of the CSU Water Center.

This four-page article describes research on how swimming and jumping behavior of different fish species affects their success at navigating fishways and other structures around dams, diversions, and other barriers.  This research focuses on Colorado Front Range fish species, but the author notes some similarities and differences between fish-passage challenges out West and efforts in coastal states (like Virginia) to facilitate passage by species like American Shad that migrate through rivers to and from coastal areas.

Available online at, or contact the CSU Water Center at E102 Engineering, 1033 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1033; phone (970) 491-6308; e-mail:

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