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Black River Tributary: State replaces culvert with bridge to aid path for salmon, trout in Olympia - Washington.


Coho, cutthroat trout, steelhead and other fish will have an easier time migrating in a small stream that flows out of Capitol Forest to the Black River, thanks to a state program that aids small-forestland owners with removal of barriers that block fish. 

The $130,000 project this week to replace a fish-blocking road culvert with a small bridge across Goliath Creek frees up more than four miles of upstream fish habitat. It’s a prime example of the kind of work the state Department of Natural Resources and its partners are poised to do.

Since 2003, some 232 fish barriers – usually road culverts – have been eliminated on nonindustrial timberland, returning some 500 miles of stream habitat to migrating salmon and trout through the state Department of Natural Resource’s Family Forest Fish Passage Program.

Read more here: http://www.theolympian.com/2012/10/05/2274720/another-fish-barrier-removed.html#storylink=cpy 


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Comments (3 posted):

fredaevans on 05/10/2012 16:36:51
Somewhat similar to this (another read from a couple of days back) is they're building 'concrete fish ladders' below the mouth of culverts. Appears the process is pretty simple. Just measurements needed, precast and plop in place with a back hoe. Little bit of stream bottom prep' work so the thing sets flat, that may require hand work, or if appropriate with the same back hoe.
Editor on 08/10/2012 15:51:32
Hi Fred, lots of good work going on now it seems. Here in the UK, apart from the method you just described they also sometimes take the step of building up a backflow of water below culverts to reduce the drop into the downstream side, allowing easier passage even when the water is running just a little higher rather requiring a torrent to be passing downstream before the fish can leap up into the pipe. Wonder what the fish think about all this!?
fredaevans on 08/10/2012 16:30:33
Too funny by half Paul. But after watching Pacific Salmon/Steelhead go up/over full on water falls ...... amazing fish, simply amazing. If you're in Alaska there will/could be Grizzly Bears waiting at the top.:icon_eek:
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