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

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

  History and Expertise
1905 - Washington's first fish screening statute
1946 - WDFW began providing screening services
Leaders in screening assistance for the State of Washington
Ensure 200+ gravity diversions operate correctly during irrigation season
Provide workshops on proper fish screening

In  Washington, water is commonly diverted or pumped from streams for crop irrigation and stock water. This water needs to be screened so fish are not stranded in irrigation channels or canals. Screens ensure safe passage of juvenile and adult fish which contributes to salmon recovery and compliments habitat restoration investments.

WDFW helps irrigators safely divert water by ensuring fish screens are properly installed and maintained. Contact us to learn how to protect fish while best meeting your irrigation needs.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a fish screen?

What are the benefits of fish screens?

Who can get screening assistance from WDFW?

What regulations do irrigators have to meet?

What factors are used to determine if my screen is compliant?

How do I maintain my screen or fish bypass pipe?

How much does a fish screening project cost?