This project replaced two undersized and failing culverts that were prone to flooding and prevented native fish from traveling up and down the stream. A bottomless pipe arch culvert was installed, designed large enough to carry high flows and to encourage the stream channel to its natural gradient, allowing fish and other aquatic species to travel past.
Butte Creek is recognized as historic steelhead and redband trout habitat. Work done by Wheeler Soil & Water Conservation District to identify and prioritize fish passage barriers on the entire system has resulted in several projects on Butte Creek. The long-term goal is to open up over 25 miles of spawning and rearing habitat for summer steelhead and other resident fish living in Butte Creek.