SR 9 - Tawes Creek and Two Tributaries to Tawes Creek - Fish Passage - Complete November 2019

Needs & benefits

In 2019, Washington State Department of Transportation contractor crews removed three fish barriers under State Route 9 in the community of Van Zandt in Whatcom County. The small round culverts at Tawes Creeks, and two of its tributaries, were too steep and the water flowed too swiftly for migratory fish to easily swim through. The culvert at Tawes Creek was replaced with a 20-foot bridge. The existing culverts on the two tributaries are now larger, 12-foot wide, box culverts. This fish passage improvement work opened up roughly two miles of additional habitat for migratory fish species including salmon and trout. The completion of this project is in compliance with a 2013 U.S. District Court ruling.

Funding

  • Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) - $505,000
  • CWA - $5,672,000
  • Total - $6,177,000

Contact

Northwest Region Communications
15700 Dayton Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98133
NWPublicAffairs@wsdot.wa.gov
206-440-4699

 

A small map of the area on SR 9 in Van Zandt where crews will upgrade fish culvert through Tawes Creek and two of its tributaries.

A small map of the area on SR 9 in Van Zandt where crews upgraded fish culverts at Tawes Creek and two tributaries.
 

A small photo of Tawes Creek and the current culvert under SR 9 in Van Zandt.

A small photo of Tawes Creek and the old, small culvert under SR 9 in Van Zandt.
 

A small photo of the fish barrier culvert where the south tributary flows to Tawes Creek under SR 9 in Van Zandt.

A small photo of the old fish barrier culvert where the south tributary flows to Tawes Creek under SR 9 in Van Zandt.