Fish Barrier Removal Board

The recovery of Washington's iconic salmon and steelhead populations is dependent on accessibility to high quality fish habitat. To achieve this, state agencies, restoration groups, and local governments have focused on removing fish passage barriers as funding becomes available. WDFW has found that fish barriers often remain downstream of barrier removal projects, thus coordination is imperative to the success of opening habitat to increase fish populations.

Mission Statement

The Fish Barrier Removal Board  is developing a statewide strategy that will expedite the removal of human-made anadromous fish passage barriers in the most efficient manner (RCW 77.95.160). Goals include:

  • Remove barriers to restore fish passage throughout watersheds
  • Coordinate with other salmon recovery efforts to maximize construction dollars and habitat gain
  • Create a project funding program with a new revenue source

Highlights

  • 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 additional barriers upstream or downstream of a planned and funded project
  • Board approved initial focus areas for Watershed Pathway
  • Board is analyzing barriers submitted for Coordinated Project Pathway

Meeting Calendar and Agendas

Latest meetings      View all meetings
Date Location Meeting Materials
February 16, 2016 Olympia Agenda | Meeting Handouts
January 19, 2016 Olympia Agenda | Meeting Handouts
January 8, 2016 Olympia Agenda
December 15, 2015 Olympia Agenda | Meeting Handouts | Minutes
October 20, 2015 Olympia Agenda | Meeting Handouts | Minutes
September 29, 2015 Olympia Agenda | Meeting Handouts | Minutes
July 28, 2015 Olympia Agenda | Meeting Handouts | Minutes
June 16, 2015 Olympia Agenda | Meeting Handouts | Minutes
May 19, 2015 Olympia Agenda | Meeting Handouts | Minutes
April 24, 2015 Olympia Agenda | Meeting Handouts | Minutes


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