Buchanan Fish Ladder

Ptoto: aerial view of the Buchanan dam and fish ladder

This is the second dam that fish need to negotiate. The fish ladder design at this ladder is called vertical slot. Fish enter the ladder from the entrance below the dam, move upstream though the system of vertical slots, and exit the ladder in the power canal. Buchanan Dam is a hydroelectric facility owned by American Electric Power. Total cost of this ladder was $3 million dollars. It was completed in 1990. This ladder is not accessible to the public for viewing. Repairs to the gate at the downstream entrance of the fish ladder were completed in October 2008.

Photo of Buchanan Fish Ladder