This project will replace a culvert that prevents fish from moving freely on Crooked Creek in Arizona. Crooked Creek contains one of only 17 populations of threatened Apache trout, and this project will allow Apache trout to move freely within their habitat. Other species that will benefit include speckled dace and desert suckers. Asimpacts freshwater streams, this habitat will be stable for Apache trout in the future, supporting its need for restoration. This project also supports goals and objectives from the White Mountain Apache Tribe Native Fishes Management Plan to conserve, maintain, and enhance existing native fish populations and their habitats. Each thriving native fish population is culturally and commercially important to the Tribe.
Project Quick Facts:
AZ, Apache County
NFPP Project Funding
8 Stream Miles Reopened
Project Partner Lead
Arizona Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office
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.