Tyonek Creek is one of the largest and most important salmon streams near the village of Tyonek, Alaska. The project will replace an undersized culvert with a channel spanning bridge and restore access to 10.8 miles of Coho Salmon spawning and rearing habitat. The crossing lies 0.4 stream miles above where Tyonek Creek outlets to the ocean and is the lowermost barrier in the watershed; it is typically plugged with large debris. The project will maximize ecological function while maintaining public safety and hydrologic continuity.
AK, Kenai Peninsula Borough
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.)