Letter: Saying thanks

Thank you Dick Shellhorn for sharing your endless knowledge about the landmarks around us, and giving us the history of the Goose Meadow Creek at Milepost 20.1 on the Copper River Highway.

Dick’s look back in time shows how the highway, built on fill across the delta, acts as a dike now and has altered the natural flow of its creeks and rivers. Replacing undersized culverts with fish passage culverts is an effort to restore access to miles of upstream salmon and cutthroat trout spawning and rearing habitat.

This most recent project cost about $430,000, with funding coming from several project partners:  the Alaska Sustainable Salmon Fund, the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities, and the U.S.D.A. Forest Service.

Thank you to all our project partners and to Wilson Construction for the support to address this barrier to fish passage, which was also ADOT/PF’s top CR Highway road safety priority.

— Kristin Carpenter

Executive Director

Copper River Watershed Project

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