In 2018, Copper River fish passage partners were thrilled to receive funding from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council to improve fish passage at 13 sites on the Copper River Delta. Undersized and/or failing culverts can constrict the stream channel, effecting water velocity and sediment transport through the culvert, creating a barrier to moving upstream for juvenile fish in particular. By installing new structures engineered to be fish friendly, we will restore access to approximately 22 miles of upstream spawning and rearing habitat for Coho and Sockeye Salmon, Coastal Cutthroat Trout, Dolly Varden and other resident fish species. Restoration sites are indicated by black dots on the map (click on map to see larger image).
May 15- Aug 15, 2020: Mile 25 (Cop 43, 44, 45)
- Invitation to Bid: CRWP Cop 43_44_45, released 1/29/20
- Cop 42, 43, 44 Bid Tabulations, released 3/26/20
- Invitation to Bid: Construction Inspection Services Cop 43-45, released 4/20/20
Summer 2021: 18-mile (Cop 20, 22, 25) and Goat Camp Road (Sher 2)
- Invitation to Bid: Anticipated Winter 2020/21
Summer 2022: Sheridan River tributary (Cop 1) and Black Hole Creek (Cop 33)
Summer 2023: Sheridan River tributaries (Cop 9, Sher 1), and Elsner River tributaries (Cab 1& 2)
Watch our video below to see first hand the work it takes to effectively manage water, silt and sand and see a piece of history as the original railroad piers were uncovered along the Copper RiverHighway.