Fish Passage Improvement
Bateman Creek culverts that were removed
Culverts that were installed under roads many years ago often pose problems for fish passage. The culverts may not have been sized properly for current flows which causes overland flooding. This increases sediment delivery to the stream. This sediment can carry pollutants and plug the interstitial spaces in gravel beds. Over the years the culverts may have collapsed, which totally blocks fish passage. In other cases the streams have undercut the culverts and there is a large drop between the culvert and the stream bed. This is a large problem for fish passage.
Bateman Creek after culverts were removed
Two culverts and road fill were removed to allow fish passage to upstream habitat. In addition 208 logs were placed in the streams by helicopter to produce additional fish habitat. Native plants were planted on both sides of the stream and on a upland site following the in steam work. Continue reading
This project replaced two undersized culverts with a concrete slab bridge on Bateman Creek in the Gales Creek watershed. As a result, the fish can now migrate up into Bateman Creek. Continue reading