This project will replace an undersized culvert system on Horsepen Creek in South Carolina that is negatively affecting habitat for mussels like the endangered Carolina heelspliter. The project site is less than a mile upstream of designated critical habitat for the endangered mussels, so replacing the culverts will protect the mussels downstream and allow for upstream movement of mussels and their host fish. Additionally, the current culvert system creates human access and safety issues during high water events. They have caused frequent road closures during normal and high rain events, which are expected to intensify with. This project will increase flood resiliency, reduce road closures, and improve emergency vehicle access to residents.
Project Quick Facts:
SC, Greenwood County
NFPP Project Funding
12 Stream Miles Reopened
Partner Project Lead
Upper Savannah River Land Trust
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.