Western Washington Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office
Pacific Region

Funding - Fisheries and Fish Passage

Chehalis Fisheries Restoration Program

Purpose - The Chehalis Fisheries Restoration Program provides funding for projects to restore Chehalis River fisheries resources.

Eligibility - Any private landowner, non-profit organization, or local, Tribal, state or federal agency may apply. Any proposal that would restore fisheries populations is considered.

Area - Chehalis River and Grays Harbor Basins.

Typical Projects - Projects involving habitat restoration, environmental assessment, and education and outreach. Funded projects have included fish passage barrier corrections, removal of invasive species and replanting with native species, riparian and off-channel fish rearing habitat, restoring agricultural wetlands for fish use, and monitoring of fish use of these habitats.

Financial Information - Notification of Funding Availability is released in early summer. Project allocations typically range from $10,000 to $50,000 with cost share ranging from 25 to 75%. Private individuals and groups strive for a 25% match while larger companies require a 75% match. Technical assistance is available.

Contact - Miranda Plumb, 360-753-9560

National Fish Passage Program

Purpose - The goal of the National Fish Passage Program is to restore native fish and other aquatic species to self-sustaining levels by reconnecting habitat that has been fragmented by man-made barriers. All projects are voluntary and done in cooperation with willing partners.

Eligibility - The program partners with agencies, tribes, private organizations and landowners.

Area - Western Washington WRIA’s 1-29

Typical Projects - Removal of fish passage barriers such as undersized or elevated culverts, dams, water diversion structures, eaves, and other impediments to fish passage, and replacement with adequately-sized fish passable structures.

Financial Information - Projects typically range in cost from $20,000 to $80,000 each.

Contact - Miranda Plumb, 360-753-9560

For more information on the Fish Passage Program in Region 1, go to http://www.fws.gov/pacific/fisheries/fishpassage/

Western Native Trout Initiative

Purpose - The Western Native Trout Initiative is the Northwest’s part of the National Fish Habitat Action Plan, a nation-wide strategy that harnesses the energies, expertise, and existing partnerships of state and federal agencies and conservation organizations. The goals of the pro-gram include: protect and maintain intact and healthy aquatic systems, prevent further degradation of fish and aquatic habitats, and increase self-sustaining aquatic systems that support a broad natural diversity of fish and other aquatic species.

Eligibility - Any private landowner, non-profit organization, or local, Tribal, state, or federal agency. Target species in western Washington include bull trout, coastal cutthroat trout, and lamprey.

Area - Western Washington WRIA’s 1-29

Typical Projects - Funded projects have included riparian planting, invasive species removal, fish passage barrier correction, and wetland and estuary restoration.

Financial Information - Projects typically range in cost from $10,000 to $50,000 each.

Contact - Miranda Plumb, 360-753-9560

For more information on the Western Trout Initiative, go to:  www.fishhabitat.org

Fisheries Restoration and Irrigation Management Act (FRIMA)

Purpose - The FRIMA program provides financial and technical assistance to local partners to correct barriers to fish passage related to irrigation and water diversion projects and facilities.

Eligibility - Any state agency, local group or private landowner can apply. Projects must include a local government or Tribal sponsor or co-applicant.

Area - Statewide

Typical Projects - Since 2002, 19 FRIMA projects have been funded in Washington. Projects must involve fish screens, fish ladders or related modifications to water diversions that are directly associated with passage improvements.

Financial Information - Project sponsors must identify at least 35% matching funds for the design and construction of the eligible project. Matching funds may include in-kind contributions such as easements, materials, equipment or labor. The project operator or sponsor must assume responsibility for operation and maintenance costs of the project.

Contact - Kevin Aitkin, 360-753-9508

For more information on the FRIMA program, go to http://www.fws.gov/pacific/Fisheries/FRIMA/




Last updated: November 20, 2018
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