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Road culverts can be deadly salmon barriers

One of he last strongholds of coldwater salmon migrating free on one of many Washington Olympic Pacific rivers. Image is screenshot from Vimeo “COLDWATER CONNECTION.”

The consequences of badly designed road culverts: deadly salmon barriers

Coastal salmon strongholds on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula — like the Hoh, Queets, and Quillayute rivers — have the greatest likelihood of providing strong runs of wild salmon and steelhead into the future. But even these strongholds face challenges.

Many streams are blocked by culverts and roads that prevent fish passage. Wild Salmon Center‘s Coldwater Connection campaign seeks to reconnect 150 miles of streams along the Washington Coast, to help wild steelhead and coho salmon access cold-water rearing habitat.

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