Taneum Creek Fish Passage
From February 2008 to February 2012, KCT partnered with the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), Yakima Tributary Access & Habitat Program (YTAHP), WA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW), Bruton Water Users, Taneum Canal Co., and the Yakama Nation (YN) on a comprehensive analysis of new fish passage alternatives for lower Taneum Creek. Engineering designs for the roughened channel were produced as a result of that process which was facilitated by a Community Salmon Fund grant. The Taneum Creek watershed has been designated as a high priority tributary to the Yakima River for recovery of salmon and steelhead.
Two ineffective and outdated fish passage structures in lower Taneum Creek were replaced by constructing roughened channel approaches at each diversion dam. Construction of stream channel modifications produced optimal upstream and downstream passage into 30 stream miles of tributary habitat during all flow scenarios.