When: Completed 2016
Where: Jones Creek, a tributary of the Rogue River
Objective: A dam-removal and culvert improvement project to improve fish passage
Stream Restoration Alliance of the Middle Rogue – one of our precursor watershed councils – removed three fish passage barriers in the Jones Creek system during its tenure. Two additional barriers were scheduled to be removed during the time of Rogue River Watershed Council’s formation. One barrier was an unused eight-foot-high concrete dam on the East Fork of Jones Creek. The fifth barrier was the Mina Lane road crossing, which presented a culvert with a very large jump at its down-stream end.
We removed the dam in the summer of 2015 and also created a weir forming a large pool at the downstream end of the Mina Lane road culvert. The weir backs water up to the downstream culvert opening. In July 2016, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife completed the project by installing baffles in the culvert to make the water run deeper (and slower, particularly during storms).
In concert, the weir and baffles allow migrating fish to more easily swim past the road crossing on their way upstream. The dam removal project allows migratory fish to reach much further upstream than they had been able to in prior years.
This project would not have been possible without the funding and support from the following:
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife