Restoring dwindling steelhead, salmon populations in Beaver Creek is goal of fish ladder

Bruce Eddy, manager of the ODFW’s East Region, noted that the project has been in the works for a number of years and said he is delighted that it is coming to fruition. 

“We are excited to see it get going,” Eddy said. 

A biologist, Eddy said it is his hope that making spawning grounds accessible will set the stage for the restoration of salmon and steelhead runs. The fish ladder will enable salmon and steelhead to navigate past a dam that has made it virtually impossible for fish to pass since its construction.

Stream enhancement work to restore fish habitat is also part of the Beaver Creek Project. Stream enhancements will include the installation of woody debris such as dead trees. These trees create pools where fish can rest and feed.

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