This project will correct two fish passage fish passage
Fish passage is the ability of fish or other aquatic species to move freely throughout their life to find food, reproduce, and complete their natural migration cycles. Millions of barriers to fish passage across the country are fragmenting habitat and leading to species declines. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Fish Passage Program is working to reconnect watersheds to benefit both wildlife and people.

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barriers on a Clallam County owned road within the Sol-Duc watershed on the Olympic Coast. Anton Creek and Cedar Creek cross at mileposts 1.74 and 1.78 of the Bear Creek Road and block nearly 5 miles of field verified anadromous habitat upstream that includes beaver ponds and wetlands.  The Anton Creek crossing is a 67% passable round steel culvert, and the Cedar Creek crossing is a 33% passable timber box culvert.  Obsolete or poorly designed dams, culverts, stream crossings, and levees keep fish, and other aquatic species from moving freely to feed, migrate, and reproduce.  These challenges put fish populations at risk and undermine the health of the rivers. 

Quick Facts:

Project Status

In Development

Location 

WA, Clallam

NFPP Project Funding

$992,000

Restoration Techniques

Culvert Replacement

Accomplishments

4.9 Stream Miles Reopened

Project Partner Lead

Coast Salmon Partnership

Primary Species Benefited

Fall Chinook Salmon

The National Fish Passage Program combines technical expertise with a track record of success. 

Implemented primarily through the Service's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Offices, the National Fish Passage Program provides financial and technical assistance to partners across the country. Since 1999, the program has worked with over 2,000 local communities, Tribes, and private landowners to remove or bypass over 3,400 barriers to fish passage and reopen access to over 61,000 miles of upstream habitat for fish and other animals. Staff have expertise in fish migration and biology as well as financial, engineering, and planning assistance to communities, Tribes, and landowners to help them remove barriers and restore rivers for the benefit both fish and people. 

Fish passage project proposals can be initiated by any individual, organization, government, or agency. However, proposals must be submitted and completed in cooperation with a Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office. (Please note that fish passage projects being used for federal or state compensatory mitigation or required by existing federal or state regulatory programs are not eligible for funding through the National Fish Passage Program.) 

CONTACT A FISH PASSAGE COORDINATOR IN YOUR AREA TO GET STARTED. 

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Programs

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