In 1990, the Washington State Legislature created the Regional Fisheries Enhancement Program to involve local communities, citizen volunteers, and landowners in the state’s salmon recovery efforts. Initially there were twelve groups, all but one in Western Washington; two more Eastern Washington groups formed in 2000.
The fourteen Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups (RFEGs) perform a unique role. They are the only organizations statewide dedicated solely to restoring salmon and steelhead populations. In addition, the RFEGs create dynamic partnerships with state and federal agencies, Native American tribes, and local businesses and landowners.Through these collaborations, the RFEGs help lead communities in successful restoration programs.