CDFW Awards $11 Million for Fisheries Habitat Restoration Program Tasks
The California Division of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) at the moment introduced the collection of 25 initiatives that may obtain funding for the restoration, enhancement and safety of anadromous salmonid habitat in California watersheds.
The grants, which complete $11 million, have been awarded by way of CDFW’s Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP). FRGP was first established in 1981 and since 2000 has included funding from the Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Pacific Coastal Salmon Restoration Fund, established by Congress to reverse the declines of Pacific salmon and steelhead all through California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska.
“As California regularly feels the results of local weather change, rising sea ranges, extended drought, extra excessive temperatures and excessive precipitation occasions, restoring degraded river ecosystems is extra vital than ever earlier than,” CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham stated. “These FRGP funded initiatives will assist restore the refugia salmonids want.”
In response to the 2022 Fisheries Habitat Restoration Grant Solicitation, CDFW obtained 50 proposals requesting greater than $38 million in funding. As a aggressive grant program, proposals underwent a rigorous technical overview course of which included CDFW and NOAA scientists.
The 25 accepted initiatives will additional the aims of state and federal fisheries restoration plans, together with eradicating boundaries to fish migration, restoring riparian habitat, recovering wildfire impacts detrimental to rivers, and making a extra resilient and sustainably managed water sources system (e.g., water provide, water high quality and habitat) that may higher stand up to drought circumstances. These initiatives additional the targets of California’s Water Motion Plan and CDFW’s State Wildlife Motion Plan, in addition to addressing limiting elements laid out in state and federal restoration plans.
The record of accepted initiatives is accessible on the FRGP web site.
Matt Wells, Watershed Restoration Grants Department, (916) 216-7848
Ken Paglia, CDFW Communications, (916) 825-7120