Fisheries & Ecological Services - Kenai Fish & Wildlife Field Office
Kenai Fish & Wildlife Field Office
Alaska Region



Habitat Restoration

Fish Passage Program on the Kenai Peninsula

The National Fish Passage Program was established in 1999 to improve fish access to historical habitat. This Program addresses the problem of fish barriers by working with local communities and partner agencies to restore natural flows and fish migration. In Alaska, the Fish Passage Program provides technical assistance and federal funds to remove, replace, or retrofit culverts, weirs, abandoned dams, or other structures that impede fish movement. The Program also supports surveys of fish barriers within important watersheds

Program Goal:

To restore native fish and other aquatic species to self-sustaining levels by reconnecting habitat that has been fragmented by barriers.


Scenic Bear Creek. USFWS.

Examples of Fish Passage efforts:

  • Installing bridges or replacing culverts to improve fish passage.
  • Improving instream hydrology.
Information and Program Requirements:
  • Projects must result in improved access for fish and other aquatic species.
  • Cost sharing by partners is encouraged.
  • Projects must be cost effective.
  • Funds may be used for projects on both public and private lands.

This is a competitive program. Those projects providing the greatest benefits will be selected annually, up to the limits of available funding.

If you are interested in doing a project on the Kenai Peninsula, please contact Mike Edwardsr, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, at Mike or by phone at (907) 260-0125

To learn more about this program, see "How to Participate" or visit the Alaska Region Partners for Fish and Wildlife web site.

Last updated: April 1, 2010