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Land Preservation Group Donates Property For Sr 142 Culvert Project

Donation will improve habitat for native fish

The Washington State Department of Transportation on March 9 received a donation of .40 acres of land at Bowman Creek from the Klickitat Land Preservation Fund.

A spokesman for the department (WSDOT) said the donated land will benefit the fish passage project at the Bowman Creek Culvert.

WSDOT's Bowman Creek Culvert project will improve habitat and movement for native fish through the Bowman Creek culvert under State Route 142 in Klickitat County.

Construction is scheduled to begin this summer and be completed in late fall or early winter.

The Bowman Creek culvert is located between the community of Klickitat and the city of Goldendale, at the bottom of the Klickitat grade. The culvert currently acts as a fish barrier, preventing fish from moving upstream. To correct this problem, WSDOT will replace the existing culvert with a new bridge and rebuild the channel with streambed materials to simulate natural conditions.

The land donated by the Klickitat Land Preservation Fund is acreage that is essential to this project, according to Chris Tams, WSDOT's Columbia River Gorge Area engineer.

"WSDOT greatly appreciates the donation of this land from Dennis White, on behalf of the Klickitat Land Preservation Fund," Tams said. "This donation will help benefit the Bowman Creek Area, improving habitat and movement of native fish in Klickitat County."

For more information about this project, contact Tams (toll-free) at (866) 279-0730, or by e-mail, swgorge@wsdot.wa.gov.

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