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The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), other agencies, land managers, community members and those interested in providing benefits for fish and wildlife identified the need to gain a common understanding of the location and function of tidegates, culverts, and other water control structures in wetlands surrounding Humboldt Bay. The need was identified as part of several planning efforts involving Humboldt Bay and also was discussed casually through the years at agency and community meetings concerning natural resource issues. This information was considered important for the development of a strategic approach to estuarine restoration, and for the development of improved management strategies for operation, replacement, or modification of the structures where needed. The information was also considered critical in planning for protection of property and habitats in the event of an oil spill.