MENOMINEE—The public is invited to register to tour the sturgeon passage facility at the Menominee Dam in Menominee on Sept. 20. Two tours will be offered to allow attendees to learn about and see how Lake Michigan’s sturgeon population can now navigate around two hydroelectric dams on the Menominee River to spawn and raise their young.

One of the most significant fish restoration projects in the Upper Midwest, the Menominee and Park Mill dams which are owned and operated by North East Wisconsin Hydro (an indirect subsidiary of Eagle Creek Renewable Energy), have been retrofitted to allow the sturgeon to move upstream and downstream past the dams. The tours will include the chance to witness firsthand the elevator inside the dam’s powerhouse that lifts fish up into the sorting facility and the process for moving selected sturgeon upstream, as well as the downstream “fish waterslide” bypass. Tours will also include an overview and pictures of the entire project.