WDFW will use drone to document fish barrier removal project in the Hoko Watershed


Gina Piazza, 360-890-0312
Jane Atha, 360-902-2577

OLYMPIA – Scientists with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will fly a drone over the Johnson Creek fish passage barrier removal project located in the Hoko Watershed in Clallam County on Tuesday, June 18.

WDFW is documenting what the creek looks like before construction begins to remove fish passage barriers, which will open up 6.2 miles and 25 acres of high-quality fish habitat. 

“By using a drone, we can document one of the first projects funded by the Brian Abbott Fish Barrier Removal Board. This project will remove a deteriorating pipe that is a complete barrier for fish to swim upstream during low flows,” said Gina Piazza, WDFW biologist. “Video and imagery from the drone will be used to showcase what we can achieve through strategic state funding for fish passage.”

Piazza said the drone will be flown between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. for approximately 30 to 60-minutes on June 18.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is the state agency tasked with preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing and hunting opportunities.

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