Friday August 25, 2023

North Coast Citizen

Six Oregon counties, including Tillamook and Lincoln, will receive a combined $19.3 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for culverts to encourage fish passage and species conservation.

Oregon U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley have announced the funding.

Wyden fought for crucial dollars to for the Salmon Superhwy that builds fish passages into existing infrastructure to ensure iconic Oregon fish species can travel upriver to spawn.

“Culverts and the Salmon SuperHwy are proven methods for tackling depleted salmon and steelhead stocks while preventing floods,” Wyden said. “I am gratified to see these dollars go toward improving critical culvert infrastructure that prevents flooding and conserves our iconic Oregon fish species, and I will keep fight for results-driven solutions to address dwindling salmon populations.”

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