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UD awarded FishAmerica Foundation grant to help restore American shad

UD awarded FishAmerica Foundation grant to help restore American shad

The Water Resources Agency (WRA), a unit of the University of Delaware's Institute for Public Administration (IPA), was awarded a $42,000 grant from the FishAmerica Foundation (FAF), part of the American Sportfishing Association, to supplement ongoing work to help restore American shad, hickory shad, and other anadromous fish to the National Wild and Scenic White Clay Creek near UD's Newark campus.

The FAF funds will be used for research, design, and investigative studies for the removal of Dam No. 1 at Delaware Race Track in Stanton, Del., seven miles downstream from the UD campus. Fish-abundance studies conducted by Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) fisheries biologists last spring confirmed that this dam is indeed a barrier to migration and spawning of anadromous fish; up to 1,000 hickory shad were detected downstream from the dam and none upstream. (full article)