Wednesday August 24, 2022

Napa Valley Register

Marshall Wallace wants a concrete crossing over Pickle Canyon Creek removed, given this feature on his family’s Mount Veeder land blocks rare steelhead trout from reaching spawning habitats upstream.

The vehicle crossing was there when his family bought the property in 1988. His father later built a vehicle bridge over the creek, and the old crossing is no longer needed or used.

Wallace described the crossing as “a big lump of concrete” in the creek and said, “I’d like to see it gone.”

He’s seen trout in the creek.

“Just about every summer, there will be pools of water and there will be juveniles there,” Wallace said.

He’s even seen fish upstream of the barrier, which they can apparently pass under ideal conditions. But most are downstream of the barrier, which is several feet high.

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