This project will reconstruct three culverts within the Copper River Watershed in Alaska. Removal of these barriers promotes passage for Chinook and Coho salmon, Dolly Varden, Arctic grayling and longnose sucker. Replacement stream crossings will promote a more natural ecosystem, improve climate resiliency, and restore aquatic connectivity to upstream and wetland habitats. Stream crossings that ensure year-round passage for fish also greatly reduce the likelihood of catastrophicfailure, risks to human health and safety, environmental damage, and loss of access to emergency services and subsistence resources.
Project Quick Facts:
AK, Copper River Census Area
NFPP Project Funding
8 Stream Miles Reopened, 18 Acres Reopened
Partner Project Lead
Copper River Watershed Project and Copper River Native Association
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.