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ODFW seeks comment on fish passage waiver

September 19, 2017

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) seeks public comment on a new request to provide a waiver from the state’s fish passage requirements. Weyerhauser Western Timberlands (Applicant) owns and manages this road culvert. Comments are due by October 9, 2017.

The Applicant plans to repair a road culvert located on the East Humbug Mainline at Mile Point 1.5 in Clatsop County. This action has triggered Oregon’s fish passage laws.

According to Greg Apke, ODFW Fish Passage Program coordinator, ODFW may grant fish passage waivers if there are benefits to native migratory fish from providing passage. In lieu of providing passage at the culvert repair (waiver) site the Applicant proposes to provide fish passage at an alternate (mitigation) site.

ODFW has made an initial determination that providing passage at the mitigation site will provide greater benefits than if passage were provided at the waiver site. Therefore, unless public comment is provided that would affect the Department's determinations, this waiver requests will be approved. 

In the meantime, members of the public will have until October 9, 2017 to submit written comments on the proposed plan. The fish passage waiver application, the Department’s benefit analyses and a draft waiver agreement are available at .

Members of the public can send written comments to or request additional information from Greg Apke, ODFW Fish Passage Program leader, 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr SE, Salem, OR 97303, e-mail,, or by calling (503) 947-6228.



Greg Apke (503) 947-6228

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