Staff members initially worried the stumps would prevent salmon from getting through the culvert, but after further investigation, they determined there is enough room for the fish to get through.
“Fish can get under and around the barrier,” project manager Dave Kaplan said.
Kaplan said the stumps inside the culvert were waterlogged and have been there for quite a while.
District manager Joe Dinnocenzo said removing the stumps from the culvert would require his staff to use a chainsaw, which is dangerous in those tight quarters.
“I’m going to err on the side of caution,” Dinnocenzo said. “We don’t have the expertise for a chainsaw.”
The use of any major equipment would require special permitting, so the stumps will stay as they are for now.