OLYMPIA—July 12 is the deadline for Washington landowners, conservation districts, tribes and others to apply for grant funding to restore salmon habitat, screen irrigation ditches and remove fish passage barriers this summer.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) heads the salmon habitat restoration and screening portion of the state's interagency team which reviews "early action" requests for money provided in the recently passed Salmon Recovery Act (2ESSSB 5595). The Washington Department of Transportation (DOT) heads the fish passage barrier removal portion.
Only projects that are ready for construction this summer are eligible at this time. WDFW expects another grant application cycle this fall for project construction in 2000. The newly-created Salmon Recovery Funding Board, to be appointed by the governor, will determine future grant cycles.
Grant funds are available to cities, counties, conservation districts, tribes, non- profit organizations, state agencies, private landowners and citizens. Projects must restore salmon habitats that have been degraded or are threatened with degradation, screen water diversion structures to protect migrating salmon or remove impassable culverts and other fish migration barriers.
Restoration and screening project requests cannot exceed $100,000. Preference will be given to those with matching funds. Project design must be completed and approved within 30 days of funding approval. Proposals will be evaluated by July 16, with final rankings by July 20. Funding approval is subject to adoption by the Salmon Recovery Funding Board.
Early action application forms and project criteria are available on the WDFW Website.
For more information about the criteria for restoration and screening grants, or to receive an early action application form, contact Keith Keown at WDFW in Olympia, 360-902-2409, FAX 360-902-2157, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about fish passage barrier removal grants, contact Cliff Hall, DOT in Olympia, 360-705-7499, FAX 360-705-6833, E-mail: email@example.com