Washington Department of
Fish & Wildlife
Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups

David Price
RFEG Coordinator



1995-2012 Outcomes and Accomplishments
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3,401 Salmon Projects Completed
In addition to the 773 fish passage projects, Washington State Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups have also collectively completed over 3,401 other salmon projects including revegetation, surveys, assessments, estuary restoration, research, monitoring, evaluation, nutrification evaluation, stewardship and education programs.
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In 2012, the RFEGs leveraged $9.66 for every state dollar.
Since 1995, the Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups of Washington State have leveraged $24,220,572 of state and federal funding into an additional $167,703,892 through partnerships and collaborations with individuals, groups, corporations, agencies, tribes, and foundations.

This is a total investment in salmon restoration of $191,924,464

773 Fish Passage Projects Completed

Over 881 miles of salmon streams opened. Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups have removed, replaced or repaired culverts, bridges and other barriers to salmon passage creating access to spawning and rearing habitat. These projects are in cooperation and collaboration with private landowners, businesses, community organizations, foundations, tribes, and local, state and federal agencies.

574 Miles of Streams Enhanced

574 miles of river and stream restoration projects have been completed, including planting, remeandering, large woody debris placement and reconstruction.

71.8 Million Fish Released

Since 2003, the 14 Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups, in cooperation with co-managers, have released over 71.8 million juvenile Chinook, coho, chum, and steelhead into the rivers and streams of Washington State.

187 Jobs Created

During fiscal year 2012, the RFEG program supported 187.2 FTEs. The RFEGs employed 52.7 FTEs, 22 Washington Conservation Corp FTEs and an additional 112 professional and construction FTEs.

1.4 Million Volunteer Hours Donated

Volunteers have contributed over 1,460,111 hours working toward salmon restoration across Washington State. This extraordinary effort translates to over $30,662,347 donated to salmon restoration and is the equivalent of 702 full time positions over the life of the program.

1,020,807 Carcasses Distributed

Over 1,020,807 Chinook, coho and chum carcasses have been placed back into rivers and streams to supplement nutrients to the aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. These critical nutrients have been lacking due to declining salmon populations returning to the rivers.


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