Federal Funds Now Available to Help Washington State Communities Remove Fish Passage Barriers and Open Salmon Habitat
communities and Tribes can apply for up to $77 million in funding, passed under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, to remove dams, culverts, and other obstacles to salmon
WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, encouraged Washington state, counties, municipalities and Tribes to apply for $77 million in funding opportunities made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for fish barrier removal projects.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently announced funding availability for habitat restoration grants, including a program that will fund Tribal restoration projects.
“Today’s announcement will deliver $77 million in competitive grants for projects to open up fish migration pathways and boost salmon survival,” said Senator Cantwell. “These NOAA grants will support state, local and Tribal projects to remove barriers such as small culverts, dikes, deadbeat dams and other blockages that prevent fish from accessing spawning grounds. Grants may also be used to support project planning and design, a key need for local communities and Tribes that are working on developing new habitat restoration solutions from the ground up.”
The two programs are part of a $2.855 billion investment in salmon habitat recovery investment championed by Senator Cantwell in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
NOAA Restoring Fish Passage through Barrier Removal: Up to $65 million is available for projects that restore migratory paths and habitat for fish. Partners will use the funds to remove small deadbeat dams, salmon-blocking culverts, and other instream barriers. These grants will also fund project design and development, to help support underserved communities identify, plan and execute fish passage projects. NOAA will accept proposals with a federal funding request of between $1 million and $15 million over the award period. The application deadline is August 15, 2022.
Restoring Tribal Priority Fish Passage through Barrier Removal: Up to $12 million in funding is available to support Indian Tribes, Tribal commissions, and Tribal consortia to restore migratory pathways for fish, and access to healthy habitat for species important to Indian Tribes and Treaty Rights. Grants may also be used for capacity building and project development, to enable more Tribes to participate in habitat restoration programs. NOAA will accept proposals between $300,000 and $5 million. The application deadline is August 29, 2022.
The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the programs are HERE.
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