This project will replace a culvert on Tyonek Creek near the Native Village of Tyonek, A Dena’ina Athabascan community in remote western Cook Inlet, Alaska. This project benefits Coho and pink salmon, both vitally important environmentally, economically, culturally and as a subsistence resource. This project will complete a ten-year, multi-agency effort to remove all barriers in the Tyonek Creek watershed, opening a total of 31 miles of habitat. Improving habitat connectivity on this cooler stream ensures fish can access high quality, intact habitat as warming temperatures begin to degrade streams nearby. Replacing undersized culverts with larger or more appropriate crossings also ensures the safety of the road system and allows Tyonek to maintain working emergency evacuation routes.
Project Quick Facts:
AK, Kenai Peninsula Borough
NFPP Project Funding
15 Stream Miles Reopened
Partner Project Lead
Tyonek Tribal Conservation District
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.