New Farm Bill Conservation Program

2/11/2015  By Leslie Wheelock, USDA

Yakama Nation On-Reservation Lower Yakima Basin Restoration Project ($4,600,000) Lead Partner: Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation This project addresses critical needs for the integrated conservation and restoration of fish and wildlife habitat, water quantity, and water quality on the Yakama Reservation in the lower Yakima River basin. The actions in this proposal will accelerate the recovery of threatened middle Columbia steelhead on the lower tributaries of the Yakima River, which currently produce more than 50 percent of the wild steelhead population in the Yakima basin. These actions will also benefit multiple other aquatic and riparian species, including chinook and sockeye salmon, Pacific lamprey, and important cultural plant species.

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