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ODFW seeks comment on fish passage waiver

 
August 14, 2009

 

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking public comment on a request to waive fish passage requirements on an unnamed tributary to Corral Creek in Washington County.

A private landowner has requested a waiver from the requirement of Oregon Fish Passage laws (ORS 509.585) which requires providing fish passage at artificial obstructions. The landowner has proposed, as required by law, an alternate location to mitigate for the lack of fish passage of native migratory fish at the present location of the landowner’s earthen dam previously constructed to impound water. The project is located at 14514 SW Bell Rd., near Wilsonville on an unnamed tributary to Corral Creek, a direct tributary to the Willamette River. 

At the request of the private landowner, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has been asked to approve a fish passage waiver.

In the meantime, members of the public will have until Sept. 4, 2009 to submit written comments on the proposed plan.

Currently the landowner’s dam is a barrier to passage of native migratory fish. The landowner has identified a stream crossing on Corral Creek and plans to replace two culverts with a new fish-friendly culvert. 

The Department, or the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, depending on the stream distance affected by the request, can agree to waive the fish passage requirement if the replacement of the culvert provides more benefit to migratory fish. ODFW has made an initial determination that the proposed mitigation plan would result in a net benefit to native migratory fish by making approximately 3-miles of habitat accessible for all native migratory fish species in Corral Creek.

The fish passage waiver application, draft waiver agreement, and the Departments net benefit analysis for this request are available for review and can be found on the Department’s Fish Passage Program website http://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/passage. Members of the public can send written comments to or request additional information from Greg Apke, ODFW Fish Passage Program leader, 3406 NE Cherry Ave. NE, Salem, OR 97303, e-mail, Greg.D.Apke@state.or.us, or by calling (503) 947-6228.

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Contact:

Greg Apke (503) 947-6228
Jessica Sall (503) 947-6023

Fax: (503) 947-6009
 
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