This project will replace three culverts and a fourth design along Forest Highway 10 near Yakutat, Alaska. These undersized culverts can trap salmon and lead to fish die-offs during dry periods. Removing them will restore natural flow, increasing juvenile habitat and upstream access for spawning adults. This project benefits Chinook, Coho, Sockeye and pink salmon, steelhead and resident rainbow trout, coastal cutthroat trout and Dolly Varden Char. Culvert replacement improves the resilience of this road network to flooding induced byand maintains access to sites used for tourism and subsistence gathering.
Project Quick Facts:
AK, Yakutat City and Borough
NFPP Project Funding
Culvert Replacement, Design
19 Stream Miles Reopened, 608 Acres Reopened
Partner Project Lead
US Forest Service
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.