Two grants are in 20th year of Salmon Recovery Board 

OLYMPIA — The Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board on Dec. 16 announced the award of $26.1 million in grants for projects across the state aimed at bringing salmon back from the brink of extinction.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the board’s creation and with this latest suite of projects the total amount of salmon recovery since the board’s start is:

  • 713 barriers to migrating fish corrected, giving salmon access to 2,082 miles of habitat.
  • 537 miles of streams conserved to ensure they remain healthy habitat for the future.
  • more than 48,500 acres of shorelines, estuaries, wetlands and other stream habitat restored.
  • More than 17,700 acres of land along rivers, wetlands and estuaries cleared of invasive species.

The board has now approved a total of 3,093 grants and surpassed $1 billion investment since 1999, including matching funds from grant recipients.

“The work being done across the state on salmon recovery is critical,” said Gov. Jay Inslee. “These grants for on-the-ground projects will help us restore salmon to healthy levels that allow for both protection and a robust fishery. We must do everything we can to restore this beloved Washington icon and help orcas, which are starving due to lack of salmon, before it is too late.”

Two Whatcom County projects received funding totalling $643,103:

  • To Lummi Nation, $64,310 to monitor juvenile Chinook Salmon in the South Fork of the Nooksack River. Lummi will contribute $11,541 in donations of labor.
  • To Nooksack Indian Tribe, $578,793 to restore habitat in the North Fork of the Nooksack River.

The tribe will build 27 log structures to restore side channels near Maple Falls. Side channels are important areas for salmon to spawn. The tribe will contribute $102,147 in a federal grant.