FRIMA is authorized through 2015; however, no funding is currently available for new projects. A few prior year projects are still being implemented, and our recent 2002-2012 Accomplishment Report provides an excellent overview of the program and accomplishments since its inception.
Background & History
In November of 2000, the President signed into law the Fisheries Restoration and Irrigation Mitigation Act, Public Law 106-502, that created a voluntary, cost-shared program to improve fish passage for water withdrawal projects in areas of Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and western Montana that drain into the Pacific Ocean. Two regions of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 1 and Region 6, administer the program in cooperation with the state fish and wildlife management agencies. Funding was first made available to this program in November of 2001, and for a copy of the report on early FRIMA accomplishments (2002-2004) please click here.
There’s a wide variety of water uses throughout the Pacific Northwest: crop irrigation, drinking water, industrial use, power generation, and other beneficial uses. Many of the diversions along rivers and streams for these water uses; however, directly impact fish passage and survival. They are either unscreened or lack upstream fishways, affecting the upstream and downstream movement of juvenile and adult fish. Many different species of fish can be affected, including salmon, steelhead, trout, and other native fishes. The program was originally inspired to provide federal cost-share funding to improve fish passage by screening water withdrawals and building upstream fish passage devices, while maintaining a steady, reliable water supply for human uses.