California FishPACs - Collaboration to Enhance Fish Passage on the State Highway System

Melinda Molnar, Caltrans
Lisa DeBruyckere, Creative Resource Strategies, LLC
Topic Area
Planning for Transportation Ecology

The Fish Passage Advisory Committee (FishPAC) is a joint effort between the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and other interested advocates of fish passage efforts.

The purpose of the FishPACs is to cooperatively share science and data related to known fish barriers, develop methods to consider and prioritize locations for assessments, and to assess biological priorities for remediating barriers along the California State Highway System.

The mission of the FishPACs is to identify and prioritize barriers to fish passage, and to support the implementation of good solutions for fish passage projects within the FishPAC geographic area. FishPACs recommend technical solutions, explore options for accelerated delivery of projects, and identify potential funding mechanisms for both new barrier removal projects and the long-term maintenance of existing fish passage facilities.

The FishPACs track the status of active and funded fish passage barriers until they are remediated. In addition, FishPACs track post-construction fish passage effectiveness.

Abstract Keywords
fish passage FishPAC California State Highway System collaboration