G.T. Humanists Meeting: FishPass

Monday, March 14, 7 p.m.
Via Zoom

Join the Grand Traverse Humanists as they present Dr. Daniel Zielinski with a presentation about FishPass, the proposed fish sorting system that would replace the present Union Street Dam on the Boardman River in Traverse City.

Dr. Zielinski will talk about how FishPass would implement selective connectivity–that is, passing desirable species while blocking undesirable species, which could provide a solution for restoring connectivity in rivers fragmented by barriers while not compromising on-going management of undesirable and invasive species. Sorting systems for live organisms without manual intervention do not currently exist. For this reason, Great Lakes Fishery Commission and multiple partners developed an approach to selective fish passage that integrates fish ecology and biology with engineering which would be implemented at FishPass, an adaptive fish-sorting facility. FishPass would be the capstone of about 20 years of restoration of the Boardman (Ottaway) River, which would re-connect ~170 river miles with Lake Michigan.

Dr. Daniel Zielinski is a Principal Engineer / Scientist with the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. Dan received his B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota with emphasis in water resources. He has authored numerous publications examining behavioral responses of fish to acoustic and hydrodynamic stimuli and the integration of this data into numerical models. He is currently stationed in Traverse City, MI, where he works closely with FishPass project partners to oversee construction of FishPass and develop research and assessment plans supporting FishPass objectives.

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