Justin Zweifel, FBRB Program Manager Fish Passage Scoping Section Manager Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife 360-902-2608 Justin.Zweifel@dfw.wa.gov Website
Brian Abbott Fish Barrier Removal Board
The Legislature established the grant program of the Brian Abbott Fish Barrier Removal Board (FBRB) in 2014 to identify and remove impediments to salmon and steelhead migration.
The role of the FBRB is to adopt governing policies (funding strategies, project eligibility, match requirements, etc.), set project evaluation criteria, review project scoring and recommendations from the FBRB Technical Review Team, and approve a project priority list to be submitted to the Governor's Office and the Legislature for funding consideration.
The grant program is administered jointly by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO). All FBRB-funded grant projects shall match the principles provided in Revised Code of Washington 77.95.180 and are reviewed and approved by the FBRB.
The Brian Abbott Fish Barrier Removal Board aids restoration of healthy and harvestable levels of salmon and steelhead statewide through the coordinated and strategic removal of barriers to fish passage (RCW 77.95.160).
FBRB received funding for 13 fish passage projects in the 2017-19 biennium.
A ranked list of 82 fish passage projects has been submitted for funding consideration through the 2019-21 Washington State Biennial Capital Budget. The completion of these projects would restore access to 162 miles of salmon and steelhead habitat.