Alaskan Women Engineer Passage for Wild Salmon

breaking down barriers, making inroads for Alaska’s fish

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Jess and Heather bring engineering expertise to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service design team that works to restore fish passage where roads cross Alaska’s rivers and streams 📷 USFWS Katrina Liebich
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End of the road for these salmon. This Kodiak Island culvert was recently replaced with a fish-friendly crossing that lets adults and juveniles move freely up and downstream 🎥 USFWS/Franklin Dekker (gif)
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Heather Hanson, a PE and Fish Passage Engineer, is based out of USFWS’s Anchorage Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office 📷 USFWS/Katrina Liebich
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Jess Straub, Fish Passage Engineering Technician 📷 USFWS/Katrina Liebich
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Channel-spanning culverts let fish and floods pass freely 📷 USFWS/Katrina Liebich
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Heather surveys a fish passage barrier with teammate/hydrologist Franklin Dekker where a road crosses an Anchorage salmon stream 📷 USFWS/Katrina Liebich
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📷 USFWS/Katrina Liebich
A new fish-friendly culvert in Kodiak helps baby salmon escape the heat.
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Old (left) vs new culvert designs 📷 USFWS/Katrina Liebich
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Heather and Jess walk the road over a small stream in Mat-Su, Alaska 📷 USFWS/Katrina Liebich
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A fish-friendly culvert full of animal tracks spans frozen Crooked Creek in Fairbanks in December 📷 USFWS/Katrina Liebich

Nerd out/read more:

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How do Alaska’s wild places inspire you?

What’s your foremost concern about Alaska’s fish and wildlife?

When I’m not working, I’m….

What’s the greatest misconception people have about Alaska?

What’s your most treasured memory of Alaska?

What advice would you give someone interested in a career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service?

What wildlife species particularly moves you?

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