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National Fish Passage Program


Providing unimpeded movement for fish and other aquatic species is essential to their survival. Most fish species within the Pacific Region make one or more seasonal migrations at various life stages to access habitat for spawning, feeding, rearing, or to seek cooler water.

The goal of the National Fish Passage Program is to restore native fish and other aquatic species to self-sustaining levels by reconnecting habitat that has been fragmented by barriers such as dams, culverts, irrigation diversions, tidegates, and other structures.

We employ a voluntary, non-regulatory approach to accomplish this goal. We partner with other Federal agencies, states, Tribes, private land owners, local governments, and non-governmental organizations by providing technical assistance and funding for a variety of projects across the region.

  • Fish Passage Program Contacts

    Regional Program Coordinator:John Netto 503-231-2270 E-Mail:
    Fish Habitat Partnerships
    Sam Lohr
    (360) 604-2500
    Eastern Washington
    Kate Terrell
    (509) 548-2985
    Jody Brostrom
    (208) 756-5162
    Fish Passage
    Amy Horstman
    (360) 604-2512
    Western Washington Miranda Plumb
    (360) 753-9440
    Gordon Smith
    (808) 792-9400
  • Milestone Projects

  • Restoring Light to a Tropical Home


    Alula Bay, Hawaii

    The unique priority habitat of Hawaii's anchialine pools in Alula Bay is now protected due to hundreds of volunteer hours removing invasive mangrove and revealing an ancient Hawaiian structure.

  • Return to the Blue Pacific


    Jackson Creek, Oregon coast

    After more than 50 years, picturesque Jackson Creek has been restored to its native creekbed, providing improved salmon habitat and better access for area campers.

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  • Teamwork Prospers on Toppenish Creek


    North Fork Toppenish Creek, Central Washington

    A joint project with the Yakama Nation led to the revival of four miles of steelhead, rainbow, and cutthroat trout spawning grounds at significant cost savings.

  • Solving the Salmon Dilemma


    Puget Sound, Western Washington

    Scientists in Washington are helping to solve the puzzle of why salmon populations are declining by identifying and assessing barriers to passage in a coordinated effort with state and federal agencies.

  • Salmon Nursery Nursed Back to Health


    Tarboo Bay, Olympic Peninsula, Washington

    Juvenile salmon can once again thrive in this Olympic salt marsh thanks to a large and ongoing partnership effort to restore habitat in Tarboo-Dabob Bay.

Last Updated: October 9, 2014
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