Dam Removal opens Steelhead Habitat

According to NOAA Fisheries, the California Department of Fish and Game and the Fishery Foundation of California recently completed removal of a 7-foot dam, re-opening more than six miles of spawning habitat for federally protected steelhead.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, fish barriers have been identified as a limiting factor for the steelhead population. The removal of this dam on Bear Creek, a tributary to San Francisquito Creek, will allow steelhead for the first time in decades to access historic habitat for spawning and rearing, and improve ecological connectivity for other fish and wildlife resources.

The dam at Bear Creek was on private property in Woodside, Calif. and blocked fish passage for more than 60 years.

The removal of the dam took two years to complete and cost approximately $30,000. Funding for the project was provided by both the private landowner and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s San Francisco Bay Salmonid Habitat Restoration Fund. To see a video of the project, visit: http://goo.gl/1WWgi

–compiled from the NOAA restoration group and a DFG communications report. For more information on NOAA restoration and their projects, visit: http://goo.gl/xE7Ui  


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