Daily Outrage: $7.5M in stimulus money goes toward rebuilding useless fish ladder 

WHAT: Eight years after $1 million was spent on a Ventura County fish ladder for steelhead trout, the federal government is looking to spend $7.5 million in stimulus money to build a new one. The earlier version filled up with sand during big storms and actually prevented trout from swimming upstream to lay eggs.

WHY: A $14.8 million flood control project paved the sides of Santa Paula Creek with concrete. But everybody forgot that hundreds of thousands of cubic feet of rock and sand flow downstream every year because Santa Clara River watershed erosion rates are among the world’s highest.

WHAT’S BEING DONE: The Army Corps of Engineers must get its new fish ladder approved by various regulatory agencies and out to bid by Sept. 30, or the $7.5 million in federal stimulus funding could be lost.

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