Pinto Creek Road Crossing Improvement Project
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.
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.)