St. Helena – Today, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-04) announced that Napa County is receiving $1,315,490 for the Campbell Creek Culvert Replacement Project as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
“Restoring access to passageways for local fish populations is vital to the health and longevity of our ecosystems,” said Thompson. “The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is investing in our community to improve the Campbell Creek Culvert and help ensure that this project lasts for generations to come.”
"We are grateful for Congressman Thompson's ongoing advocacy for Napa County and the communities we serve, particularly on crucial matters such as sediment reduction and the health of our waters," said Belia Ramos, Chair of the Napa County Board of Supervisors. "This substantial grant from the Federal Department of Transportation will be used to decrease sediment accumulation in Campbell Creek, a critical component of fish migration, thereby facilitating fish passage in the upper reaches of Campbell Creek."
The Campbell Creek Culvert Replacement Project will replace the existing Dry Creek Road Culvert with a bottomless arch bridge precast concrete culvert (bottomless arch culvert), re-grade the stream channel through and upstream of the culvert so that the channel profile is continuous, and lay back and restore the stream banks along approximately 160 linear feet of the creek above the culvert's inlet to resolve channel incision and reduce sediment deposition along the reach.
The National Culvert Removal, Replacement, and Restoration Grant Program (Culvert Aquatic Organism Passage (AOP) Program) is an annual competitive grant program that awards grants to eligible entities for projects for the replacement, removal, and repair of culverts or weirs that meaningfully improve or restore fish passage for anadromous fish. Anadromous fish species are born in freshwater such as streams and rivers, spend most of their lives in the marine environment, and migrate back to freshwater to spawn.