This project, located at the road crossing of Indian Creek Road across Indian Creek in Klickitat County, WA, was completed in October, 2012. Project work consisted of installing a temporary traffic bypass across the creek, excavating and removing the existing two culverts at the site, installing a 21-foot modular bridge, and re-constructing the stream channel for enhanced access to fish habitat. UCD Staff and volunteers assisted with replanting the project area this fall with a variety of native shrubs and trees.
This project restored access to approximately 4 miles of upstream fish habitat, more effectively conveys high stream flows, and reducing the chance of the road washing out. Spring Chinook, Coho, summer and winter Steelhead, coastal cutthroat trout and rainbow trout are expected to benefit from the increased upstream habitat.
UCD received competitive public grant funding to pay for this project. Project partners included: Klickitat County Public Works Dept., Inter-fluve, Tenneson Engineering, US Fish and Wildlife Service – Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery, Yakama Nation Fisheries Program, Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board, Klickitat County Natural Resources Dept., White Salmon River Watershed Management Committee, and neighboring private landowners.