Quick Facts:

Project Status

In Development


WV, Preston

NFPP Project Funding


Restoration Techniques

Dam Removal


243 Stream Miles Reopened

Project Partner Lead

Friends of the Cheat

Primary Species Benefited

Kidneyshell Mussel

About the Project:

The Albright Power Station Dam is a 12-foot low head dam built in 1952 on the Cheat River to feed an adjacent power plant. The plant was permanently closed in 2012 with no viable options for future reopening. The dam acts as a barrier to both aquatic species and river recreationalists, posing a significant safety hazard.  Eastern Hellbender are in the vicinity, and previously extirpated walleye as well as multiple mussel species could return to the river segment once the dam is removed and water quality improved. Additionally, two brook trout streams directly upstream and downstream of the Albright Power Station Dam will be functionally reconnected after dam removal, making currently separated populations more resilient to disturbance and climate change climate change
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The National Fish Passage Program combines technical expertise with a track record of success. 

Implemented primarily through the Service's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Offices, the National Fish Passage Program provides financial and technical assistance to partners across the country. Since 1999, the program has worked with over 2,000 local communities, Tribes, and private landowners to remove or bypass over 3,400 barriers to fish passage and reopen access to over 61,000 miles of upstream habitat for fish and other animals. Staff have expertise in fish migration and biology as well as financial, engineering, and planning assistance to communities, Tribes, and landowners to help them remove barriers and restore rivers for the benefit both fish and people. 

Fish passage project proposals can be initiated by any individual, organization, government, or agency. However, proposals must be submitted and completed in cooperation with a Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office. (Please note that fish passage projects being used for federal or state compensatory mitigation or required by existing federal or state regulatory programs are not eligible for funding through the National Fish Passage Program.) 




The Fish Passage Program works with local communities on a voluntary basis to restore rivers and conserve our nation’s aquatic resources by removing or bypassing barriers. Our projects benefit both fish and people.
The Fish and Aquatic Conservation program leads aquatic conservation efforts for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We are committed to tackling the nation’s highest priority aquatic conservation and recreational challenges to conserve, restore, and enhance fisheries for future generations.

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