This project will replace a failing culvert on Claybank Creek in Michigan. This culvert is too small, inhibits, and disrupts natural ecological processes. Claybank Creek is a high-quality, cold-water stream that boasts a robust population of high priority brook trout and molted/slimy sculpin. Replacing the existing culvert would reopen more than three miles of cold water and valuable spawning habitat to resident and migratory fish. This is the lowest crossing in the watershed and its replacement will restore full stream connectivity. The newly constructed will benefit neighboring communities by mitigating flood damage risk, maintaining access to emergency services in a remote area, and increase public access for recreation.
Project Quick Facts:
MI, Manistee County
NFPP Project Funding
4 Stream Miles Reopened
Partner Project Lead
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.