Many years ago, I was in graduate school, studying water resources (Department of Civil Engineering, Oregon State University). Not having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, I wasn’t familiar with the problems of migratory fish – specifically, salmon. A lot of research was going on regarding fish ladders and ways to get the salmon around the dams on the Columbia River drainage basis.
Now these many years later, the problems still exist – not just fish ladders, but culverts that impact fish in rivers and streams across the country.
This year (2014) Trout Unlimited has partnered with Orvis in the 1,000 Miles campaign, the goal of which is to reconnect 1,000 miles of fishable streams by repairing or replacing poorly constructed culverts that have restricted the passage of fish.
This is a worthwhile endeavor that will benefit everyone. You can learn more here.
There’s a nice video that explains the problem and shows a lot of nice footage of streams.
Another benefit of this campaign is that Orvis is matching every donation to Trout Unlimited.