Wild Salmon Center Partners with Wheeler County SWCD for Habitat Restoration in the John Day BasinNews & Program Updates
Wild Salmon Center is helping to fund fish habitat restoration in the John Day basin, one of the remaining steelhead and salmon strongholds in the Columbia River basin. The Wheeler Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is replacing problematic culverts to improve fish passage and access to upstream spawning habitat. The forthcoming Mid-Columbia Steelhead Recovery Plan has identified fish passage barriers as one of the top factors limiting steelhead productivity in the lower basin. The Wheeler SWCD, with WSC support, is working diligently with local landowners and governments to remove these barriers. This summer two culverts in Butte Creek will be replaced. The new culverts will promote natural stream processes and allow steelhead to move freely upstream to spawn.