Bankhead National Forest received funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Economic Stimulus Program) to address problems with fish passage in streams on the Forest in 2010. A project was completed in the Houston Recreation Area where a perched culvert on Alford Springs Branch was prohibiting fish movement upstream.
An Alabama General Contractor trained in the ROSGEN methods of natural stream design and restoration, Clay Davies (ECES Inc.), designed a project to raise up the streambed in increments to the level of the culvert outlet to restore fish passage and eliminate the 1.5' drop (perched condition) at the culvert outlet. The project was an overall success with stream flow and fish passage being restored in Alford Springs. Alford Springs drains into Smith Lake at the Houston Recreation Area on Bankhead National Forest.