March 26, 2014 | Volume 101 / Number 13

Fort Peck Sees Decline In Fish Population

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks biologists say lower Fort Peck Reservoir water levels have had an impact on some fish populations, but benefits are still being realized from good water years in 2008 through 2011.

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“Since 2011, water levels have dropped 29 feet and approximately 65,000 surface acres have been lost on Fort Peck,” said FWP Biologist Heath Headley. “That acreage equals nearly two Canyon Ferry Reservoirs.”

Fort Peck Reservoir elevations rose only a foot from January through June of 2013. The impact of these operations is that no shoreline vegetation was flooded during th...

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