Starr Creek Fish Passage
Starr Creek Fish Passage project was completed over a span of three years, in partnership with four landowners. The project opened access to 2.4 miles of spawning and rearing habitat for cutthroat trout. Four undersized, perched culverts were replaced with culverts designed to handle at least 50-year flood flows. A graded riffle was placed downstream of a County road culvert to build the stream bed up to the culvert. We also removed the remnant rubble from an irrigation dam, which was causing a low-flow passage obstacle.
Support for this project was provided by the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Benton Soil & Water Conservation District, Benton County Public Works, Walter T. Haswell III Wild Environment Fund, Riding & Kahle Families, and Meyer Memorial Trust.