Tools & Guides
Free reference tools and guides that we have developed or discovered ourselves over the years, and that we share with you below. Please note that if you discover that any information provided here has been superseded and is now obsolete, please send us a quick note to let us know.
Regulatory Acceptance: Decision Tree
The guidelines are not the same in every jurisdiction, but the questions that must be answered to send you down the right path, are usually the same. Take a few minutes to answer the questions in this decision tree and you'll be guided to your probable next steps for fish passage regulatory acceptance.
Upstream Fish Passage Options - Quickly Create a Comparative Matrix For your Fish Passage Site
Use this excel template to help you quickly understand how available fish passage options stack rank given your answers to a defined set of questions. The higher the score the higher the probability of fish passage success.
Fish Passage Guidelines
Legally, any "Guideline" is not the law, nor are they enforceable regulatory rules. They are suggestions or generally accepted practices, but they are not fail-proof. They can even lead to poor results requiring years of expensive adaptive management improvements. They often look to the past rather than capture more progressive thoughts, so Guidelines by definition don't capture relatively new or creative solutions, or ideas from other parts of the world, no matter how good those ideas not captured in the guidelines may have already proven to be. The Guidelines may represent the best of the past experiences, but they still encourage experimentation, because the best of the past is not good enough in today's changing world.
Anything that is not printed in the guidelines has, only by the guideline's definition, been deemed "experimental". However, this does not mean that if something falls outside those guidelines it should be discounted just because it has been labeled experimental. Rather, with climate change, everything in the guidelines is again experimental because the norms are changing and becoming more extreme. Be aware of the guidelines, they can be helpful, but don't be afraid to go outside of them either, indeed its expected - embrace experimental and we will accelerate the advances in native fish recovery. Today, every fish passage site is at least in part "experimental". Check out some of the latest guidelines below.
Scientific Support: Reference List
To add credence to any fish recovery or passage proposal, agency and regulator best practice dictates you will need to site other experts and their studies to support your proposal. We have done some of that work for you. Please feel free to use the list of fish passage studies referenced in the document below, to save you both time and effort finding them, and give yourself more time to read and understand what they teach us about how to improve our collective practices moving forward..