A.14 Public Infrastructure and Fish Passage Barriers: Challenges and OpportunitiesHelen Price Johnson

Fish Passage  Barrier - culvert

Public infrastructure improvements are happening all around Puget Sound as local and state governments invest limited road funds into the maintenance and safety improvements for the existing transportation system.

In most of these projects, the ability to “upgrade” culverts to enhance fish passage is difficult and very constrained.  Unfortunately, local jurisdictions are often forced to choose between culvert enhancement and necessary safety projects.  While funding is a primary challenge, local jurisdictions also see a great opportunity: a path to enhance the environmental conditions and advance salmon recovery.

Salmon entering culvert

This session will explore the effort to leverage local infrastructure spending with state restoration funding to remove priority fish passage barriers and restore Washington’s salmon populations.