Wisen Creek Fish Passage Restoration: Removal of 3 Fish Passage Barriers on the Olympic Peninsula
This project will replace three undersized culvert fish barriers: one culvert on Wisen Creek and two culverts on Wisen Branch Creek. The overall goal is to replace the three undersized culverts with fish passable structures to increase the quantity and quality of accessible spawning and rearing habitat for coho, steelhead, and trout species. Construction will be completed using the designs completed early 2022. Upon completion of this project, aquatic species will gain unimpeded access to 1.8 miles of quality habitat upstream as well as improved access to over two acres of wetland and beaver pond habitat.
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.)