Lower Cougar Creek Pond Leveler
A project aimed to facilitate salmon migration upstream towards spawning habitat
The Lower Cougar Creek Pond Leveler project aimed to facilitate salmon migration upstream towards spawning habitat. The active beavers have created large dams in a creek that is prevented from meandering. This greatly impedes the ability for some salmon species to reach their desired spawning grounds. The pond leveler allows salmon to swim through the dam, and allows water to flow downstream year-round.
What was your biggest challenge?
The largest challenge of this project was navigating this activity with the pandemic restrictions. There was a large physical component that required in-person activities, and our permit only allowed for a small window in which we were allowed to work in the stream.