Gordon Becker, a fisheries scientist for the Center for EcoSystem Management and Restoration, left, and Jon Stead, right, glance at the free-flowing water of the San Francisquito Creek during an event hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency celebrating the removal of a concrete barrier, which had been in the creek for a half-century, on Sept. 5, 2013. Photo by Veronica Weber.
Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency, National Marine Fisheries Service, San Mateo County Resource Conservation and other local organizations gather on the banks of the San Francisquito Creek on September 5, 2013 to admire the recent removal of the Bonde-Weir concrete barrier, which will help restore the flow of water in the creek. Photo by Veronica Weber.
A concrete slab, called a "weir," was installed more than a half-century ago in the San Francisquito Creek. Photo taken Aug. 6, 2013 by Veronica Weber.
Jared Blumenfeld, Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, addresses a crowd gathered to discuss the removal of the Bonde weir concrete barrier and the restoration of the San Francisquito Creek on Sept. 5, 2013. Photo by Veronica Weber/PaloAltoOnline.com.
A century-old concrete barrier in the San Francisquito Creek has been removed, a triumph for the steelhead trout, conservationists said this week.
Called a "weir," the 45-foot-wide barrier at the creek bottom -- near Palo Alto's border with Menlo Park -- had made it difficult for fish to travel along the creek. It altered and sometimes impeded the water current, according to the San Mateo County Resource Conservation District.
The district was responsible for the $309,400 Bonde Weir Fish Passage Improvement Project, which is now complete.
For more information about the project, read the Weekly's Aug. 9 article "Creek project will help endangered fish run free."