Big Chico Creek Restoration I

Restoration Stories

Fish Passage Improvement Program

Indefinitely Stalled – The Iron Canyon Fish Ladder Passage Project is focused on a fish ladder with 17 small concrete weirs built in the 1950s. Sections of the ladder are partially blown out or are worn to the point where rebar is exposed. Since 2002, California Department of Water Resources, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, City of Chico and US Fish and Wildlife Service and many other partners have developed a plan to construct a new fish ladder. Due to a funding gap of $400,000 for the $2.2 million project in 2013, the project has been temporarily abandoned. © USFWS