This project will remove a dam and concrete spillway, perform channel restoration, and recontour the impoundment pond on Zena Creek in Idaho. Removing the dam will ensure there is enough water for fish in the creek, even during periods of low flow. This area is designated as critical salmon habitat and a high priority watershed for threatened bull trout, steelhead, and Chinook salmon, as well as cutthroat and rainbow trout. The project area is entirely within the homeland of the Nez Perce people who depend on fish for subsistence. This project builds on the numerous restoration activities the Tribe has done within the watershed including hatchery supplementation, fishery research, and watershed restoration. Additional stream flow will benefit the surrounding community through increased public safety on the river and mediation against the effects of, such as increased drought and higher water temperatures.
Project Quick Facts:
ID, Valley County
NFPP Project Funding
Dam Removal, channel restoration
6 Stream Miles Reopened
Partner Project Lead
Nez Perce Tribe
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.