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Roy Creek Fish Passage Project Opens up Three Miles of Habitat

Region 1, November 13, 2012
Two culverts under Foss Road and a Port of Tillamook Railway line at the confluence of Roy Creek and the Lower Nehalem River blocked salmon and other anadromous species from accessing nearly three miles of high-quality habitat.
Two culverts under Foss Road and a Port of Tillamook Railway line at the confluence of Roy Creek and the Lower Nehalem River blocked salmon and other anadromous species from accessing nearly three miles of high-quality habitat. - Photo Credit: n/a
The completed 36-foot wide bridge allows water and salmon, steelhead, coastal cutthroat trout and lamprey to pass freely.
The completed 36-foot wide bridge allows water and salmon, steelhead, coastal cutthroat trout and lamprey to pass freely. - Photo Credit: n/a
For 65 years, access to prime habitat on Roy Creek had been blocked at the creek's confluence with the Lower Nehalem River.
For 65 years, access to prime habitat on Roy Creek had been blocked at the creek's confluence with the Lower Nehalem River. - Photo Credit: n/a

Thanks to a strong federal, state, local and private partnership, three miles of high-quality habitat on Roy Creek is now available to coho and Chinook salmon, steelhead, coastal cutthroat trout and Pacific and western brook lamprey. The habitat had been blocked for 65 years by a series of culverts under a bridge at the confluence of Roy Creek and the lower Nehalem River in Oregon's Coast Range. This year, culverts were removed and a new, 36-foot wide bridge was installed, allowing water and fish to pass unimpeded. The project, which cost just over $1 million, was enabled by funding and in-kind contributions from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Tillamook County, Tillamook Estuary Partnership, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, NOAA Fisheries, American Rivers and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Contact Info: Joan Jewett, 503-231-6211, Joan_Jewett@fws.gov