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Schools' plan requires fish waiver

Sunday, February 9, 2020

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife seeks public comments on an exemption from the state’s fish passage requirements requested by the Warrenton-Hammond School District.

Comments are due by Feb. 14.

The district seeks the exemption for work to build the new middle school campus south of Walmart. It includes fill, storm pipes, a culvert extension and Highway 101 construction in a seasonal wetland. Historically, the wetland in the area may have been part of a Skipanon River tributary, but no fish habitat is at the location currently.

Project-specific details can be found at

The agency made a preliminary determination that even if fish passage were provided at the culvert, the action still wouldn’t benefit fish habitat.

Written comments can be sent to Greg Apke, ODFW, 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive S.E., Salem OR 97303 or For more information, call 503-947-6228.

The request, along with public comments, go before the Oregon Fish Passage Task Force on Feb. 28.

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