The Federal Highway Administration has announced grants totaling $196 million for tribal, state and local governments to fix or remove 169 culvert barriers nationwide – including ones in Alaska, Oregon and Washington – to improve fish passage.
The Biden-Harris administration said this past week that outdated culverts and other infrastructure may cause roads to flood and severely restrict or block fish passage. Such blockage, the announcement said, is key to the health of fish runs and important to commercial and recreational fishing and the health of tribal communities.
Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg said that through the investment, the government would repair or remove hundreds of culverts nationwide protect jobs and mitigate flooding risk. $19.3 million is earmarke...