Bureau of Reclamation Provides Additional $ 2.7 Million to Improve Recovery of Endangered Coho Salmon in the Klamath River Basin | Lost Coast Outpost


Coho salmon | Photo courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced this week that an additional $ 2.7 million will be pledged to restore endangered coho salmon populations and their habitat in the Klamath River Basin.

The 2021-2024 Klamath River Coho Restoration Grant Program funds will be administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation with the goal of improving the survival and recovery of the species in northern California and the United States. southern Oregon.

“Reclamation, along with our partners, takes important steps to restore coho salmon habitat and populations in the Lower Klamath Basin,” said Jared Bottcher, Acting Area Director of the Klamath Basin Regional Office , in a press release. “We are pleased to provide additional funds to this important grant program to continue our efforts. Through the implementation of the grant program, Reclamation reaffirmed its commitment to restoring resilient coho salmon populations and their habitat in the basin.

The main projects funded by the grant include the restoration and improvement of riverbank and stream habitat, modification of fish barriers and improvement of passageways, fish screens and conservation of the sea. water. These efforts will be concentrated on the main arm of the Klamath and its tributaries from the mouth of the river to 190 miles inland.

The Bureau of Reclamation said it plans to award $ 1.2 million in the grant in fiscal year 2021, and up to $ 500,000 per year between 2022 and 2024. Applicants eligible for these funds include local, state, federal and tribal governments and agencies, special districts, non-profit organizations, schools and universities.

The Outpost contacted the Yurok Tribe – whose reservation includes a 40-mile stretch of the Klamath River – about increased funding for the Klamath River Coho Restoration Grant program, but have not received a response .


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