Each year the Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) distributes money to on-the-ground fish habitat improvement projects throughout the state. This funding is a mix of funds appropriated by the state legislature and federal contributions from NOAA Fisheries via the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund (PCSRF). Lead Entities are local organizations that solicit projects from their geographic areas, organize local technical and community reviews of the proposals, and present the best of them to the SRFB for approval. The Yakima Basin Fish & Wildlife Recovery Board is under contract with the State of Washington to act as the Lead Entity for the Yakima Basin (WRIAs 37, 38 & 39).
This year we received ten project proposals, requesting a total of nearly $1.6 million in project funding. Those proposals are available for public review on our website. We just completed the local project evaluation, which included project site visits, applicant presentations, technical advisory group evaluation and final evaluation and ranking by the citizen committee. This process is designed to ensure that only well developed, technically sound and broadly supported projects are funded.
The Board will review the proposed ranked project list at its meeting next week. Once our Board reviews and approves our project list, the local process is complete. At that point, the Yakima Basin Fish and Wildlife Recovery Board forward their funding recommendations to the Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board. Please contact Darcy Batura, Lead Entity Program Coordinator, at (509) 453-4104 with any questions.