Salmon and Culverts

Salmon Depend Upon Clear Culverts

Salmon are, of course, an icon of the natural beauty of the the State of Washington.  They depend upon free-running river habitat to spawn.  Over the years, many river culverts have become damaged or degraded, and now hinder the free flow of water in rivers and streams.  This, in turn, hinders the progress and spawning of wild salmon. 

You may live very close to or frequently travel by these culverts.  This article, Spawning Salmon Have One Less Barrier in an Urban Creek, describes such culverts, and the work that the State of Washington is doing to clean up, repair, and restore such culverts.  Harmsen has participated on many such projects, contributing survey and civil design work.

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