A Fish Passage Culvert Inventory Project is designed to identify all closed-bottom structure crossings in a watershed group to identify any areas with fish passage issues. The focus of the project is on pre-1995 roads constructed prior to the inception of the Forest Practices Code.
A Fish Passage Culvert Inventory Project consists of 4 phases (MoE March 2009). Phase 1 is the preparation of the Sampling Plan and is the focus of this report. Phase 2 consists solely of field assessments and is known as the Data Collection Phase. Phase 2 follows procedures outlined in the Ministry of Environment?s (MoE) Field Assessment for Fish Passage Determination of Closed Bottomed Structures (MoE May 2009). Field assessment is the groundtruthing phase; during this phase, a Closed Bottom Structure (CBS) Field Measurement Form is filled out for any crossing containing a closed-bottom structure that is located on a potential fishbearing stream. Phase 3 is the Analysis Phase and includes reporting, fish presence analysis, and cost analysis. A cost analysis is conducted on every crossing having a CBS Field Measurement Form to determine the cost effective method(s) to restore fish passage at the identified crossings. The final phase of a Fish Passage Culvert Inventory Project is the Implementation Phase, Phase 4, where the best solution to restore fish passage at a crossing is determined and an implementation plan is designed for crossings requiring restoration.