Three salmon restoration projects in Cowlitz County have received state salmon restoration grants totaling approximately $ 1.1 million.
The Cowlitz Conservation District received $ 219,000 for its restoration of Upper Germany Creek; the Lower Columbia Fish Enhancement Group received $ 771,000 to expand its restoration of the South Fork Toutle River; and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife was awarded $ 100,000 for a project to improve estimates of rainbow trout abundance in Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Skamania and Wahkiakum counties.
Jeff Breckel, chairman of the Salmon Recovery Funding Board, said the funding “provides the foundation for efforts to protect and restore the habitat upon which our salmon and rainbow trout depend.”
âIt supports the work of many dedicated people and organizations and mobilizes additional government and private funding,â said Breckel. âThese grants are one of our best tools to reverse declining salmon populations. Without this funding, we simply would not be able to save the salmon, which are such an essential part of our culture, our economy and our quality of life in the Northwest.
Trees and roots will be placed in Germany Creek to create places for fish to rest, feed and hide from predators. Trees and roots will also slow down the river, reducing erosion and allowing small rocks to settle in the creek bed, creating spawning grounds for salmon.