Project Name 
Myrtle Creek Fish Passage Improvement 

Location  
OR, Tillamook 

Project Funding 
$ 500,000 

Project Description 
The Myrtle Creek fish passage restoration project is located on Kilchis River Road in Tillamook County. This project will focus on removing a 5’ perched undersized fish passage barrier culvert on Myrtle Creek, a tributary to the Kilchis River in the Tillamook Bay Watershed. The project will reopen 1 mile of high priority spawning and rearing habitat above the recently restored 70-acre portion of Kilchis Estuary. The increased rearing and smoltification habitat provided by this restoration project, magnify the benefits of any spawning and freshwater rearing habitat opened up by passage projects such as this one. Myrtle Creek Restoration serves as excellent example of the Salmon SuperHwy partnership bringing together expertise, funds and other resources to improve habitat for fish and make local infrastructure safer and more resilient to a changing climate.  
 
The National Fish Passage Program combines technical expertise with a track record of success. 

Implemented primarily through the Service's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Offices, the National Fish Passage Program provides financial and technical assistance to partners across the country. Since 1999, the program has worked with over 2,000 local communities, Tribes, and private landowners to remove or bypass over 3,400 barriers to fish passage and reopen access to over 61,000 miles of upstream habitat for fish and other animals. Staff have expertise in fish migration and biology as well as financial, engineering, and planning assistance to communities, Tribes, and landowners to help them remove barriers and restore rivers for the benefit both fish and people. 

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.) 

CONTACT A FISH PASSAGE COORDINATOR IN YOUR AREA TO GET STARTED. 

Contact Information

Natural Resources Biologist - Passage and Habitat Assessment
Ecological Services
Expertise
Restoration design,
Small dam removal,
Fish passage,
Streambed simulation techniques,
Floodplain restoration,
Estuary restoration,
Wetland restoration,
Sand prairie and dune systems,
Restoration compliance and permitting,
Partner coordination,
Strategic planning,
Budgeting
Vancouver, WA

Programs

The Fish Passage Program works with local communities on a voluntary basis to restore rivers and conserve our nation’s aquatic resources by removing or bypassing barriers. Our projects benefit both fish and people.

Facilities

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office is part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Ecological Services program. We work closely with partners to conserve fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats throughout Oregon for future generations.