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Published August 28 2012

Ceremony planned today at Hickson Dam

HICKSON, N.D. – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the city of Fargo and River Keepers will host a celebration at 10 a.m. today at the Hickson Dam in recognition of the modifications to the Christine and Hickson dams.

Before modification, the dams were significant migration barriers to many native fishes, such as lake sturgeon, that depend on a connected river system to access spawning and wintering habitat.

Modification of the dams reconnects these habitats, provides increased river recreational activities, eliminates drowning hazards and reduces maintenance and repair issues.

The celebration will include brief comments by lead agency project members, a ribbon-tying ceremony and a release of Lake Sturgeon fingerlings provided by the Genoa National Fish Hatchery.

Several youth members also will participate by canoeing and kayaking the Red River and releasing a fleet of mini-canoes to drift northward to Hudson Bay.