For more information on habitat issues, please contact the
WDFW Habitat Program.
habitatprogram@dfw.wa.gov
Phone: 360-902-2534

For more information on WDFW managed lands including wildlife areas, please contact the
WDFW Wildlife Program.
wildthing@dfw.wa.gov
Phone: 360-902-2515

 
Photo of a poorly designed culvert. This undersized culvert increased water velocity and was a barrier to fish.
Photo of a properly designed culvert allowing for good fish passage. Fish can now easily swim through the new culvert on this tributary to Colville River.

The ability of salmon and steelhead to swim upstream to their traditional spawning grounds is vital to their recovery across Washington. Deteriorating culverts, outdated bridges, and other barriers block fish passage in many streams and undermine the state's recovery efforts.

WDFW leads the state in resolving fish passage barrier problems, and is an active partner in supporting the public, state and local agencies, and restoration groups with their efforts to locate, prioritize and fund fish passage barrier repairs across Washington State.

Program Highlights: