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Agencies, organisations work to restore Mad River fish habitat

US - Work began along the Mad River in Blue Lake Wednesday to restore habitat for salmon and steelhead.

Granite Construction Co.’s Jesse Hall uses an excavator to dig up a portion of the bank of Mad River to create a salmon habitat. Tyson Ritter/The Eureka Reporter

The project, made possible through a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service Restoration Center, is designed to provide protection for fish.

NOAA Fisheries Service, Granite Construction Co., Eureka Ready Mix and other local representatives joined together to build structures consisting of logs, boulders and stumps at several points downstream from Hatchery Bridge.

"Right in this stretch, there is not much diversity. By putting the rock and the wood here, we will provide pools," said Doug Jager, member of the Humboldt County Extraction Review Team.

Jager said the project will result in a more diverse habitat, which will allow for adult fish to move on and continue upstream.

NOAA fisheries biologist Dan Free said the project is intended to create scour pools, which will provide an area for juvenile and adult fish to rest.

Source: TheEurekaReporter