Daniel’s Creek (Nikiski)

Project Details

Latitude 60.720 Longitude -151.161
Nikiski, AK

When: Spring/Summer 2008

Cost: Estimated $75,000+

Who: Kenai Watershed Forum,  NOAA, Tesoro, US Fish and Wildlife Service

The culvert at this crossing had been so badly crushed that parts of it were sticking up through the road surface and it was too narrow compared to the normal width of the stream. To avoid the jagged culvert, drivers were illegally trudging through the salmon stream, destroying habitat for spawning and rearing.

KWF removed the damaged culvert and installed a bridge sturdy enough for trucks to drive over.  With the help of Tesoro employees and Mike Edwards from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the stream banks destroyed by traffic were repaired with willows and coir logs. This restoration project opened over one mile of stream habitat in addition to a large lake.

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