Improving fish passage in our Peace Region
More than 14 linear kilometres of stream habitat have been assessed in the Parsnip River Watershed near Mackenzie. The assessments were carried out over 17 separate streams above 19 culverts—or road crossings—that block passage to bull trout, burbot, Arctic grayling, and mountain whitefish.
Delivered by the Society for Ecosystem Restoration, the project involved monitors from the McLeod Lake Indian Band. They were trained for fish passage assessment and habitat-confirmation procedures, and conducted field surveys.
Culvert restoration in the Parsnip River Watershed will benefit fish by improving fish movement to habitats that offer refuge during high flows, access to food, shelter from predators, and optimal conditions for spawning and rearing.