This project will replace five culverts on thoroughfare roads on the Coeur d’Alene Reservation in the Lake Creek Watershed, Idaho. Culvert replacement will improve access to spawning and rearing habitat for westslope cutthroat trout. The expected habitat improvements will lead to increased fish populations and improved climate resilience. The Lake Creek watershed on the Coeur d’Alene Reservation has been the focus of comprehensive conservation efforts led by the Tribe since the early 1990’s with the goal to restore, protect, expand, and reestablish ‘eltumish (westslope cutthroat trout) populations to sustainable levels.
Project Quick Facts:
ID, Kootenai County
NFPP Project Funding
3 Stream Miles
Partner Project Lead
Coeur d'Alene Tribe
The National Fish Passage Program: Leaders in Building Bridges and Fostering Connections
The National Fish Passage Program is a national leader connecting watersheds and people. The program has decades of experience implementing infrastructure projects with partners. 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 thatprojects 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.)
200 Million Dollar Investment in Rivers, Wildlife, and Communities
Clean free-flowing waterways are vital to wildlife, people, and ecosystems. But across the country, millions of barriers fragment rivers, block fish migration, and put communities at higher risk to flooding. The, signed in November 2021, included $200 million for restoring fish and wildlife passage by removing in-stream barriers and providing technical assistance under the National Fish Passage Program.