This barrier is a mechanism to block Asian carp from gaining passage into the Iowa Great Lakes.
Through coordination with the United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) and Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Smith-Root has designed this barrier to perform hydraulically superior minimizing erosion, sediment transportation, friction losses or gains and most importantly, containing the 1:500 year flood event.
Smith-Root has implemented a safety management and educational plan in conjunction with Iowa DNR. This will act as a new approach to electric fish barrier awareness. Okoboji Lake Electric Fish Barrier will provide visitors an insight into the requirements for such a device to keep the Iowa Great Lakes free of Asian carp. The site has a small parking area with warning signs and educational boards (kiosk) with opportunity for people to overlook the barrier.