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In some cases of conservation groups, they might specialize in one fish or one watershed. Their work is focused on their niche and they often do it quite well. Where Beyond the Pond differentiates themselves is the wide scope in both projects and fish species that stand to benefit. One such initiative occurred on the Weber River in Utah where they have worked to help Bonneville Cutthroat Trout and Bluehead Suckers.
Over the course of time humans have done a fine job of interfering with rivers and in some cases doing irreparable damage. The intent isn't always malicious, especially in places like the deserts of Utah where water is more valuable than gold. When the first Mormon settlers arrived in the region they were forced to build wide scale irrigation ditches to accommodate their towns. The result to rivers, especially those already susceptible to drought, can be devastating.
Less water can mean sure death for fish in the West. Streams and rivers can become stretched dangerously thin by irrigation ditches, which is why restoring watershed connectivity is a pressing issue. Beyond the Pond was instrumental in initiating partnerships between groups like the National Fish Passage Program and Trout Unlimited to repair miles of stream that were previously rendered crippled. By connecting sections of streams back together and removing some parts of irrigation ditches, trout and other native fishes can freely move throughout the watershed.
Their work is far from limited river rehab in Utah, however. Collaborations and partnerships exist in states and territories across North America. As is the case in most conservation projects, the work is ongoing and needs continued support and funding. Look over that website for even more information about their ongoing efforts and where funding is needed!
Beyond the Pond Website