Fish Passage and Habitat Design on Spring Creek

Salmonid Restoration Planning and Assessments

Restoration Planning And Coordination
Project ID19-1551 P
Recovery DomainsLower Columbia River
Start Date12/12/2019
End Date08/01/2021
Last Edited05/03/2024
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This project evaluated fish passage options at the earthen dam on Spring Creek in the White Salmon River Basin. Yakama Nation met with the landowners and design engineer to evaluate design alternatives. Based on observations and discussions, landowners expressed preferences that were developed into a fourth design alternative. The fourth alternative included design schematics and visualizations of the potential conditions once fish passage is restored. With their preference for this option confirmed, the fourth design option was carried forward and the deliverables for this project included a conceptual plan set as well as alternatives that were not carried forward.
In addition to the design alternative selection and engineering designs, an outreach document was developed addressing some of the initial concerns shared by the landowners and voiced by the community at large regarding the history of the pond. The outreach document explains the timing of use of Spring Creek above the dam by the different fish stocks, since steelhead (O.mykiss), are expected to recolonize between 1.25 to 3.0 miles of habitat above the dam, with coho and Spring Chinook potentially using a portion of the lower project area as well. The outreach document presented an artistic rendering of the future look of the site based on the fourth design option, and addressed noted questions regarding future access to a location for the Husum Fire Department or other fire response to obtain water from the pond as has historically been the case in an emergency.
A Basis of Design Report (BDR), Preliminary Designs (Appendix A), FishXing Culvert Analysis (Appendix B), Alternative Designs (Appendix C), and an Outreach document for new landowners and the community were included as deliverables.

Project Benefit    

The goal of this project is to complete a preliminary design for the removal of this earthen dam on Spring Creek. With removal of the dam Steelhead and other species will be able to access upstream habitat previously inaccessible.


Metric Completed Originally

Funding Details

Report Total:$69,052

Project Map


1-Spring Creek Dam    

  • Worksite Identifier: 1-Spring Creek Dam
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Area Description

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Location Information

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  • State: Washington
  • Recovery Domain: Lower Columbia River
  • Latitude: 45.80616955
  • Longitude: -121.49848487


  • Lower Columbia River Coho Salmon ESU
  • Lower Columbia River Chinook Salmon ESU
  • Middle Columbia River Steelhead DPS




  • B.0 Salmonid Restoration Planning and AssessmentsY (Y/N)
    •      . . B.0.a Planning And Assessment Funding 69,052.00
    •      . . B.0.b.1 Area Encompassed 6.5
    •      . . B.0.b.2 Stream Miles Affected .34
    •      . . B.1 Restoration Planning And CoordinationY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . B.1.a Planning and Coordination funding 69,052.00
      •      . . . . B.1.b.11 Engineering/design work for restoration projectsY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.11.a
          Name of plan implemented
          Klickitat Lead Entity Region Salmon Recovery Strategy
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.11.b
          Description and scope of the plan implemented
          Spring Creek is a priority "B" watershed and addressing the fish barrier is an "A" priority action.