MSU researchers study ways to help iconic fish, agricultural producersNews Type: State Source: Montana State University
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BOZEMAN — With a new state-of-the-art facility, Montana State University researchers are starting another chapter in their work to help some of the state’s most iconic fish as well as agricultural producers who rely on water diverted from streams.
A recently completed artificial waterway at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Fish Technology Center on the outskirts of Bozeman will help the MSU team refine their design of small structures that allow grayling and other species to overcome irrigation structures that would otherwise block the fishes’ seasonal movements.
“This is really exciting,” said Katey Plymesser, assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering in MSU’s Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering, who is leading the project. “We can test pretty much any fish passage structure here.”