Fish Passage and Instream Improvement Projects
Old or failing tidegates and culverts inhibit the movement of both juvenile and adult salmon throughout the full range of their habitats. Lack of wood, pools, spawning gravels, and off-channel rearing areas decrease the quality of salmon spawning and rearing habitat. The TEP undertakes fish passage and instream improvement projects to improve salmonid access to, and the enhancement of, key rearing and spawning areas.
Since European settlement, 85-90% of the Tillamook Bay basin's inter-tidal wetlands have been lost or altered. TEP implements wetland protection and restoration projects to restore these critical habitats. Projects underway include:
The loss and alteration of riparian habitats has diminished water quality and habitat values throughout much of the TEP's study area. TEP's riparian enhancement projects, and those of our partners, seek to restore native streamside vegetation throughout local watersheds.