This project will replace two undersized culverts on Waukell Creek and its tributary Junior Creek in California. The Klamath River Estuary sloughs and tributaries, including Waukell Creek and Junior Creek on Resighini Rancheria Tribal lands, serve as vital rearing and winter habitat for threatened juvenile Coho salmon, steelhead trout, and coastal cutthroat trout originating from throughout the entire Klamath River Basin. The Tribe has been working to complete this project for over ten years to reopen access to critical habitats. In addition, these culverts fill with sediment and regularly flood, isolating the Resighini Rancheria community during and after major storm events. As the only road in and out of the community, it is essential to improve this infrastructure for maintained access to emergency services.
Project Quick Facts:
CA, Del Norte County
NFPP Project Funding
|42 Acres 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 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.