Over the past 15 years, thousands of people and hundreds of organizations and governments have spent millions of dollars restoring habitat and improving fish and wildlife management across our state to bring back endangered salmon and steelhead to our rivers and streams.
The last great, strategic investment for salmon survival in Washington State is removing the barriers that prevent fish from reaching many thousands of acres of pristine and restored habitat in the headwaters of their natal streams.
An estimated 40,000 fish passage barriers exist in Washington State, which in most cases stand in the way of salmon accessing prime habitat.
The purpose of the Fish Barrier Removal Board is to aid the restoration of healthy and harvestable levels of salmon and steelhead statewide through the coordinated and strategic removal of barriers to fish passage (RCW 77.95.160).
Board approved two project funding pathways as part of a statewide strategy:
Watershed Pathway - Remove multiple barriers within a stream system
Coordinated Project Pathway - Remove barriers upstream or downstream of a planned and funded project
Board is developing barrier packages for Watershed Pathway
Board determined top 30 projects for Coordinated Project Pathway