Achieving Recovery: Habitat Development & Maintenance

  >   Recovery Program researchers conduct tests of aquatic plant life in Utah Lake. This experiment helps researchers better understand the impacts nonnative fish have on aquatic plan life in the lake.

Habitat within the Utah Lake ecosystem has been significantly altered since early settlers first arrived in the valley. Human induced habitat changes that have affected the June sucker include channelization and diking of tributaries, diversion structures that limit access to potential spawning and nursery areas, filling of tributary floodplain habitats and wetlands, and reduced habitat for early life stages of June sucker.

By restoring and preserving habitat so that June sucker can survive and flourish, the lake's ecosystem will function more efficiently. With these types of improvements the ecosystem will be capable of supporting a more diverse aquatic community, like it did when settlers first arrived.