This project would create improved road stream crossings and provide reliable transportation access to a community. The current crossings frequently experience floods and washouts that cut off community access to the local town. The FM 2804 Pinto Creek crossing is in the middle of nine miles of Critical Habitat for the threatened species Devils River minnow. The crossing has a high gradient without adequately sized culverts and a perched downstream side, and emergency repairs following a 2016 high water event led to infrastructure that is highly damaging to wildlife. It is critical to remove this barrier as the creek historically goes through periods of drought and drying and the fish need to recolonize the dried areas when re-watered.

Quick Facts:

Project Status

In Development


TX, Kinney

NFPP Project Funding


Restoration Techniques

Culvert Replacement


8.5 Stream Miles Reopened

Project Partner Lead

Texas Department of Transportation

Primary Species Benefited

Devils River Minnow

Downstream side of the Pinto Creek crossing

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 fish passage
Fish passage is the ability of fish or other aquatic species to move freely throughout their life to find food, reproduce, and complete their natural migration cycles. Millions of barriers to fish passage across the country are fragmenting habitat and leading to species declines. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Fish Passage Program is working to reconnect watersheds to benefit both wildlife and people.

Learn more about 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.) 




A person is walks through a large wide culvert that passes under a gravel road. A small river runs through the culvert.
Across the country, millions of barriers are fragmenting rivers, blocking fish migration, and putting communities at higher risk to flooding. Improving fish passage is one of the most effective ways to help conserve vulnerable species while building safer infrastructure for communities and...

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