Adobe Creek Fish Ladder
The Adobe Creek Fish Ladder Project is an excellent example of the principals working behind the Community-Based Restoration Program. The project involves a partnership with an organization of high school students, the United Anglers of Casa Grande, who have successfully restored and maintained fish runs that had been nearly extirpated from the highly modified Adobe Creek. The students and their teacher worked for over a decade to clean up the river and to restore proper hydrology to the Creek. When the students needed to construct a permanent step-pool fish ladder system to provide passage for steelhead trout and Chinook salmon over a 12-foot obstruction, they contacted local NMFS restoration specialists. NMFS funded construction of the fish ladder, in partnership with other local, state and federal agencies, and the student group maintains the ladder and monitors its success as a fish passway as part of their ongoing stewardship of Adobe Creek.