This project will improveby replacing six culverts on four streams on the Annette Islands Reserve in Alaska. These culverts restrict fish passage for coastal cutthroat trout, Dolly Varden char, Coho, pink, and chum salmon. Access to entire watersheds directly benefits the growth and fitness of individual fish which can have positive implications for fish populations and ultimately watershed scale population resiliency across the Reserve. Southeast Alaska has been experiencing higher intensity rain and rain on snow events in the past decade. This project will increase resilience towards by bolstering local road infrastructure and support commercial and subsistence harvest for the community.
Project Quick Facts:
AK, Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area
NFPP Project Funding
6 Stream Miles Reopened, 62 acres reopened
Partner Project Lead
Metlakatla Indian Community
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 that fish passage projects 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.