Big Cedar Culvert Design

Salmonid Restoration Planning and Assessments

Restoration Planning And Coordination
Project ID015 21 CW
Recovery DomainsInterior Columbia
Start Date12/16/2022
End Date10/31/2023
Last Edited01/26/2023
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The Idaho Soil and Water Conservation District (ISWCD) will design and permit the culvert replacement at the mouth of Big Cedar Creek, a tributary to Clear Creek in the Middle Clearwater River watershed. Installation will occur in 2024 using secured other funding sources. The existing culvert is a barrier to juvenile salmonids and a seasonal barrier to adult salmonids due to a four-foot drop at the outlet during adult upstream migration. This drop, along with the velocities inside the culvert during high flows makes it impassable for most of the adults returning to Big Cedar Creek. Replacing the fish passage barrier will provide access to eight miles of Big Cedar Creek to juvenile and adult steelhead when implementation takes place.

Project Benefit    

When the implementation of the Big Cedar Culvert Design is completed, this project will benefit ESA-listed steelhead by opening up full access to over eight miles of high-quality habitat suitable for both adult spawning and juvenile rearing. The high-quality habitat that exists upstream of this project site is ideal for steelhead and consists of low to moderate stream slope that contains gravels and cobbles suitable for spawning, pools for juvenile rearing, and cool water temperatures that will provide summer refugia from the warmer temperatures found downstream of this site.


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Funding Details

In-Kind Donated Labor$6,800
Report Total:$82,343

Project Map


Mouth Big Cedar    

  • Worksite Identifier: Mouth Big Cedar
  • Start Date: 12/16/2022
  • End Date: 10/31/2023
Area Description

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Location Information

  • Basin: Clearwater
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  • State: Idaho
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 46.056289
  • Longitude: -115.878104


  • Snake River Basin Steelhead DPS




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      •      . . . . B.1.b.11 Engineering/design work for restoration projectsY (Y/N)
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