This project will replace two barrier culverts located on tributary streams within the Deep Creek watershed near the Alaska Native Village of Ninilchik. Removal of these barriers will provide access to spawning and rearing habitat for pink, Coho and Chinook salmon as well as steelhead trout and Dolly Varden. The increased wetland connectivity resulting from this project provide a cold-water refuge for migrating salmon. Deep Creek is critical for salmon productivity in the Kenai Lowlands. It has been identified as a priority watershed and become a focus area for aquatic connectivity conservation. Replacing these culverts will increase both habitat and infrastructure resilience, providing the community with a safer road system and improved fishing access.
Project Quick Facts:
AK, Kenai Peninsula Borough
NFPP Project Funding
4 Stream Miles Reopened, 300 Acres Reopened
Partner Project Lead
Kenai Peninsula Borough
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.