Fisheries Restoration and Irrigation Mitigation Act (FRIMA)

In 2000, Congress passed the Fisheries Restoration and Irrigation Mitigation Act. This Act provides the authority for the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to create a voluntary fish screen construction program for water withdrawal projects in the states of Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and western Montana.

The FRIMA program provides financial assistance to local partners to correct impediments to fish passage related to irrigation and water diversion projects and facilities. The state of Washington has received nearly $2.5 million in FRIMA funds in the years 2002-2005.

Frequently Asked Questions
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Eligible Grant Recipients
Project proposals that are eligible for consideration include design, construction, and installation of fish screens, fish ladders, and other fish passage devices associated with water diversions located in Washington. Projects may include modifications to water diversion structures that are required for effective functioning of fish screens and other upstream or downstream fish passage improvements. The intent of the proposed diversion improvements must be to reduce fish mortality, reduce entrainment of fish in water distribution systems, or increase subsequent survival and reproductive success of fish species native to, and present in, the project area. Designated state agencies may also submit proposals to inventory eligible screening and passage needs.

For most projects, one or more applicants must be local government entities (regional, county, municipal, or service district). Projects on tribal lands are to be sponsored or co-sponsored by tribal governments. Projects at federally owned facilities or on federal lands may be sponsored by the owning agency in partnership with a local government co-applicant.

In addition, applicants must demonstrate commitment of at least 35 percent of total project cost from funding sources other than FRIMA.

Funded Projects and Applications
Reports detailing the FRIMA grants received in Washington state:

Grant Evaluation Process
A team of local, state, tribal, and federal reviewers ranks project applications in Washington and recommends projects for funding under this program. The review team evaluates the proposals based on the evaluation criteria and points system contained in the application. Additionally, evaluation teams determine whether the application clearly documents that the project meets program eligibility requirements. The review team also considers the magnitude of benefits anticipated to native fish species including improved survival and habitat access, cost effectiveness in achieving those benefits, and likelihood of success of the project as proposed. Additional consideration is given to projects that benefit species in special conservation status, such as federally endangered species, and projects that are elements of conservation or recovery plans. Applications are also evaluated on the degree of partner involvement and contribution, the thoroughness of coordination with other affected or interested parties, opportunities for additional biological benefits or water use efficiencies, and the status of completion of applicable regulatory reviews. Eligibility and ranking checklists are available to assist in developing successful applications.

Grant Contact Information

Eric B. Egbers – Washington FRIMA Coordinator
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
3601 West Washington Avenue
Yakima, WA 98903
(509) 575-2734

Jerry Van Meter – Federal Project Point of Contact (POC)
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Pacific Region - Fishery Resources
911 NE 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 231-6217

Brian Peck – Western Washington Project POC
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Western Washington Fish and Wildlife Office
510 Desmond Drive SE, Suite 102
Lacey, WA 98503
(360) 753-9560

Malenna Cappellini – Eastern Washington Project POC
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Mid-Columbia River Fishery Resource Office
7501 Icicle Road
Leavenworth, WA 98826
(509) 548-7573

Application Process
An application form for Washington state is available at:

Revenue Source
FRIMA is federally appropriated through Congress. In 2005, the funding available to the State of Washington was $468,697.

Additional information about FRIMA is available at: