Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Oklahoma
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Oklahoma Project

Effects of hydrologic alteration on species of greatest conservation need in Lee Creek, Oklahoma

July 2010 - June 2013


Participating Agencies

  • Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
Greenside darter from Lee Creek, Oklahoma.

Lee Creek, from its origins in the Boston Mountains of the Ozarks in Arkansas, is one of six scenic rivers in Okahoma. However, in 1988, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the construction of Lee Creek reservoir in Arkansas, near the city of Ft. Smith (FERC 1987) above the terminus of Lee Creek at the Arkansas River. Construction of an upstream dam (Pine Mountain) is currently being proposed. Prior to impoundment, Lee Creek was known to contain 78 species of fish, including the Oklahoma endangered longnose darter (Percina nasuta). We are investigating the response of the fish community from the lower dam and assessing the potential response should the upper dam be constructed.

Research Publications Publication Date
Gatlin, M.R. and. J.M. Long. 2011. Persistence of longnose darter (P. nasuta) in Lee Creek, Oklahoma. Proceedings of the Oklahoma Academy of Science 91:11-14. September 2012
Theses and Dissertations Publication Date
Gatlin, M.R. 2013. The effects of hydrologic alteration on stream fish community structure in Lee Creek, Oklahoma. Master's thesis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 96 pages. July 2013