The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) and ODOT partnered together for a three-year pilot project. This project made critical repairs and improve fish passage to some aging culverts in western Oregon.
While the repairs do not meet full fish passage criteria, passage is improved at each site. To offset the delay in providing full fish passage, ODOT paid into an ODFW-managed account - the Fish Passage Compensation Fund - that will help fund five of the highest priority fish passage projects in the state.
ODFW has completed its report of activities expedited through the 2015-2017 Culvert Repair Programmatic Agreement Pilot Project, including analyses on the effects on fish passage and the fish passage improvements implemented with the compensation fund.
ODOT implemented 15 projects through the pilot project improving access to approximately 27.68 miles of native migratory fish habitat. The compensation provided by ODOT allowed ODFW to fund five high priority restoration projects that will provide full criteria fish passage to approximately 139.5 miles of native migratory fish habitat and access to approximately 3,000 acres of floodplain lakes and sloughs.
ODFW and ODOT identified benefit in the program and created a new programmatic agreement for 2018-2022. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission approved this agreement in December 2017.
Given the low number of projects, the new agreement will still be a pilot project so that enough data can be collected to adequately assess the project.
ODFW CRPA Pilot Project Final Report
ODOT CRPA Pilot Project Final Report
CRPA Project Initiation-Tracking Form
F2 Site Scoping Summary Form