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By Kara Davidson
Gazette Reporter 

Grant will fund habitat structures in Steptoe creek


December 20, 2018

A county bridge replaced a culvert that had inhibited steelhead from making their way up Steptoe Creek southwest of Colton. Photo courtesy of Palouse Conservation District.

The grant of $42,000 from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office's Salmon Recovery Board will help add post and log structures to a section of Steptoe Creek to make the area more habitable to steelhead.

Each of the 76 structures the Palouse Conservation District plans to put in the creek costs $570. The Pomeroy ranger district of the U.S. Forest Service is providing $7,000 of wood material for the project.

The structures will help back up water to nourish shrubs and trees and create rest areas for fish.

Due to a culvert that was too high for the fish, steelhead had not been...

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