Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups

In 1990, the Washington State Legislature created the Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group (RFEG) Program to involve local communities, volunteers, and landowners in the state’s salmon recovery efforts.

The 14 RFEGs work within communities across the state to recover salmon. The RFEGs create partnerships with local, state and federal agencies; tribes; local businesses; community members; and landowners. Through these collaborative efforts, RFEGs help lead their communities in successful restoration, education and monitoring projects.

Each RFEG works within a geographic region based on watershed boundaries. Every group is a separate, nonprofit organization led by their own board of directors and supported by their members.

Partial funding for the RFEG program comes from a portion of commercial and recreational fishing license fees, administered by the WDFW. The RFEGs also obtain many individual grants from government and private entities. Individual donations and in-kind contributions from local community members and businesses are essential to the success of each RFEG. The Regional Fisheries Coalition supports and advocates for the RFEGs in their missions of salmon recovery with representation from each RFEG on the Coalition. Visit the Regional Fisheries Coalition website to learn more. 


Volunteers with the RFEG program can learn about salmon habitat, plant trees, count returning salmon, perform habitat assessments, conduct water quality monitoring, teach others about salmon habitat, and much more.

If you would like to learn more about how you can help salmon through the RFEG program please contact the RFEG in your community.

RFEG contact information





Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association

3057 East Bakerview Road
Bellingham, WA 98226-7694


Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group

P.O. Box 2497
1202 South 2nd Street, Suite C
Mt. Vernon, WA 98273


Sound Salmon Solutions

712 3rd St., Suite B
Mukilteo, WA 98275


Mid Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group

7400 Sand Point Way N.E.
Suite 202N
Seattle, WA 98115


South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group

6700 Martin Way East, Suite 112
Olympia, WA 98516


Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group

P.O. Box 2169
Belfair, WA 98528


North Olympic Salmon Coalition

P.O. Box 197

Port Townsend, WA 98368


Pacific Coast Salmon Coalition

P.O. Box 2527
Forks, WA 98331


Chehalis Basin Fisheries Task Force

P.O. Box 72, Montesano, WA 98563


Willapa Bay Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group

P.O. Box 46

South Bend, WA 98586


Lower Columbia Fish Enhancement Group

11018 NE 51st Circle
Vancouver, WA  98682


Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group

P.O. Box 2211
White Salmon, WA 98672


Tri-State Steelheaders Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group

P.O. Box 1375
216 N. Roosevelt
Walla Walla, WA 99362


Cascade Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group

P.O. Box 3162
Wenatchee, WA 98807


WDFW Contact 

Chris Waldbillig
Restoration Coordinator 

Chris Waldbillig, Restoration Coordinator, is the liaison between the RFEG's and WDFW. Chris keeps the RFEG's informed of WDFW activities and policy, strengthens connections, nurtures partnerships, and provides support for RFEG's statewide. He also helps to build relationships, support Enhancement groups, and elevates our partners' work!