Scott Bar Fish Passage

Scott Bar Fish Passage

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Project Goal:

By implementing the Scott River Mill Creek Fish Passage Restoration Project, California Trout will restore access for returning adult coho salmon to approximately seven miles of spawning and rearing habitat by removing two culverts (complete barriers), reprofiling the channel to improve fish passage, and restoring riparian and instream habitat conditions on Scott-Bar Mill Creek in the Mid-Klamath Basin


Removed major fish passage barrier, 2 mi of spawning and rearing habitat made accessible, restored 1 mi of in-stream habitat

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Project Stages

Conceptual Design

Planning

Implementation

Estimated Completion Date:
2021

Project Funders

USFWS

Siskiyou RCD

Fish Affected:

Threats:

Project Description

Scott-Bar Mill Creek is a tributary of theScottRiver, which consistently generates the largest return of wild coho in the entire state. However, habitat for coho within theScott River basin has been degraded by numerous anthropogenic threats, including legacy mining, timber management, and agricultural water diversions. This project will restore fish passage to critical cold-water over-summering habitat for juvenile salmon and steelhead.The project is also critically important in the context of salmon recovery throughout the larger Mid-Klamath Basin. Four Klamath dams are scheduled to be removed in 2021, which will improve water quality in the mainstem Klamath River, reduce disease and increase the number of returning adults looking for suitable habitat conditions in historic spawning and rearing streams. Spawning and rearing tributaries to the Klamath, like theScottRiver, act as salmon nurseries for the entire basin

Project Partners:

Siskiyou Resource Conservation District
NOAA
CDFW
Siskiyou County

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