This project will remove a low-head dam and restore a floodplain on the Long Tom River. The removal restores passage and habitat for threatened Upper Willamette River Chinook salmon, Pacific lamprey, and coastal cutthroat trout. Removing the dam and associated impoundment will increase habitat diversity, restore food web connections, and keep the fish cooler in the summer months, when stream temperatures reach dangerous levels for the fish. Removal of the dam will also improve water quality in a drinking water source for the nearby community.
Project Quick Facts:
OR, Benton County
NFPP Project Funding
Low-head Dam Removal
16 Stream Miles Reopened, 4 acres reopened
Partner Project Lead
Long Tom Watershed Council
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. Under BIL we are bringing that experience to bear to foster collaboration between federal agencies, Tribes, states, and non-profit 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.