Threats and Opportunities in the Conservation of Native Pelagic Spawning Fishes in Kansas

800 532 Stroud Water Research Center

This project documents how small dams have fragmented stream networks in the Central Great Plains region. Many fishes native to this region lay buoyant eggs that float downstream while developing. Juveniles then migrate back upstream to breed as adults. Using geographic information science, we are documenting fragmentation points (dams) that capture downstream drifting eggs as well as block maturing fish from returning to upstream portions of the stream network.

Funded by: Kingsbury Family Foundation

Principal Investigator: Melinda D. Daniels

Project Years: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017