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Now available: Guide on assessing fish passage at culverted sites

The latest guide in FPInnovations’ series on fish streams is now available! Fish Passage Assessment at Culverted Sites: Rapid Field Measurements to Determine the Likelihood of a Barrier to Fish Passage provides forest and resource workers with information on how to quickly assess if existing culverts on fish streams are likely to obstruct fish passage.

This fifth and final guide in the fish stream series was produced by FPInnovations’ Roads and Infrastructure group in cooperation with British Columbia’s Fish Passage Technical Working Group; Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development; and Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. It supplements information found in the B.C. provincial guide, Field Assessment for Determining Fish Passage Status of Closed Bottom Structures.

The series focusses on sound environmental practices when using closed-bottom conduits for stream crossings; preserving fish passage and aquatic habitat is an overarching goal. The guides provide information on successfully implementing streambed simulation within closed-bottom structures, including planning and design, installation, streambed material/construction, and monitoring and maintenance. As the guides are concise and visually oriented, they are convenient to use as on-site references.

Guides offered in this series

  1. Stream Simulation: Planning and Design for Closed-Bottom Structures for Fish Streams
  2. Streambed Simulation: Fish Management, Water Control, and Culvert Installation for Closed-Bottom Stream Crossings
  3. Streambed Simulation: Streambed Construction, Infill Methods, and Rewatering for Closed-Bottom Stream Crossings
  4. Streambed Simulation: Monitoring and Maintaining a Fish-Friendly Culvert Crossing
  5. Fish Passage Assessment at Culverted Sites: Rapid Field Measurements to Determine the Likelihood of a Barrier to Fish Passage

View or download any of the guides for free from FPInnovations’ online research library.

For more information on streambed simulation and closed-bottom structures, please contact Clayton Gillies.

 

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