California Department of Fish and Wildlife Awards $10.7M in Grants for Fisheries

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has announced 27 projects that will receive a total of $10.7 million in grants through the Fisheries Restoration Grant Project for fiscal year 2021. The projects are focused on the restoration, enhancement, and protection of anadromous salmonid habitat in California watersheds.

Earlier this year, the CDFW opened the 2020 Fisheries Habitat Restoration Grant Solicitation for proposals, and received 80 proposals requesting more than $40 million in funding. All of the proposals went through a thorough technical review by both CDFW and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists.

The CDFW’s Fisheries Restoration Grant Program is a very competitive and active grant program that was established in 1981. Since 2000, the RFGP has been receiving additional resources through the federal funds received by NOAA’s Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund. NOAA’s funding was established by Congress in at that time to reverse the declines of Pacific salmon and steelhead populations throughout California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska.

“The ongoing momentum to restore California’s habitat for these historic species hasn’t stopped as we face a global pandemic and devastating wildfires,” CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham said. “Awarding these projects highlights the resilience, passion and vision for salmon recovery by our state’s restoration community, for which we are grateful.”

From the CDFW website: “The 27 approved projects will further the objectives of state and federal fisheries recovery plans, including removing barriers to fish migration, restoring riparian habitat, monitoring of listed populations, and creating a more resilient and sustainably managed water resources system (e.g., water supply, water quality and habitat) that can better withstand drought conditions. These projects further the goals of California’s Water Action Plan and CDFW’s State Wildlife Action Plan, as well as addressing limiting factors specified in state and federal recovery plans.”

You can read more about the approved projects HERE.

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