The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife seeks public comment on a proposal to exempt from fish passage requirements a culvert extension project on Boardman Creek in Clackamas County.

The Oregon Department of Transportation has proposed extending an existing culvert that carries Boardman Creek, a tributary of the Willamette River, under Highway 99 in Milwaukee. The proposed action has triggered Oregon’s fish passage laws.

According to Greg Apke, ODFW Fish Passage Program coordinator, ODFW may grant an exemption if there is no appreciable benefit to fish from providing passage.

“ODFW staff is recommending granting the exemption,” Apke said. However, the agency continues to solicit public comments that it can consider before making the final decision, he added.

Members of the public will have until Dec. 17, 2012 to submit written comments on the proposed plan. Details on the ODOT fish passage exemption request and the ODFW net benefit analysis can be found on the ODFW fish passage website @ ODFW Fish Passage Requirements.

Members of the public can send written comments to or request additional information from Greg Apke, ODFW Fish Passage Program Coordinator, 3406 NE Cherry Ave. NE, Salem, OR 97303, e-mail, Greg.D.Apke@state.or.us, or by calling (503) 947-6228.

Image courtesy Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

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