The project will remove a pair of culverts and replace them with a bridge at the mouth of Smith Creek near its junction with the Naselle River in Willapa Bay, Washington. The current culverts block access to 8.7 miles of freshwater stream spawning habitat. Their removal will restore a diverse habitat that supports salmon and Pacific lamprey. Other species that will benefit from this barrier removal include coastal cutthroat trout, federally threatened green sturgeon, and birds that rely on healthy fish populations for food like bald eagle and peregrine falcon. Willapa Bay is an important ecosystem that supports a wide variety of fish and wildlife species. The replacement bridge will be built to withstand predicted sea level rise, protecting the infrastructure of the community into the future.
Project Quick Facts:
WA, Pacific County
NFPP Project Funding
8.7 Stream Miles Reopened, 140 Acres Reopened
Partner Project Lead
Pacific 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.