This project will remove a perched culvert and design three new culvert replacements to reopen 2.5 miles of spawning and rearing habitat for native salmon in Port Graham, Alaska. These degraded culvert crossings limit access to subsistence resources, impair fish habitat, and limit economic growth. Species that benefit from this work include Dolly Varden char, Coho, Sockeye, chum, and pink salmon. Removing degraded stream crossings will also provide economic, cultural, and food security benefits to the local community. Port Graham is only accessible by boat or plane, making access to local natural subsistence species vitally important.
Project Quick Facts:
AK, Kenai Peninsula Borough
NFPP Project Funding
Culvert Replacement, Design
2 Stream Miles Reopened, 3 Acres Reopened
Partner Project Lead
Port Graham Native Corporation
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.