NOAA Awards California $12.8 Million For Salmon Recovery

Aug. 19 2004

(SACRAMENTO) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded a $12.8 million grant to the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) to help fund salmon recovery efforts in California. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Funding from this grant will be used to award smaller grants to public, private, and Tribal groups for work to restore salmon populations in California coastal drainages. The grant, part of the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund, was created by Congress in 2000 to provide assistance to west coast states and Tribes participating in salmon recovery efforts in the region. Earlier this year, the Bush administration announced a $10 million increase for the fund in the President’s FY 2005 budget request, totaling $100 million.

“The Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund has played a significant and valuable role in regional efforts to improve in-stream and riparian salmon habitat on the Pacific coast,” said Rod McInnis, NOAA Fisheries’ Southwest Regional Administrator. “This is another example of the Bush Administration’s strong commitment to species conservation and environmental stewardship.”

California Resources Secretary Mike Chrisman added, “Working with public and private groups at the ground level, we’re able to complete these projects quickly and efficiently. This kind of program epitomizes the Schwarzenegger administration’s approach at environmental protection, by preserving natural resources in an efficient, cost-effective way.”

Proposals submitted to the Department of Fish and Game for funding are subject to rigorous evaluation, including review for biological and technical soundness, on-site evaluations, scoring by a peer review committee, and final review and approval by the Director of Fish and Game.

“Combined with $8 million in state funds for salmon recovery, these federal dollars will substantially improve salmon habitat,” said DFG Director Ryan Broddrick. “This cooperative approach has produced many success stories that will benefit the natural resources of California for generations.”

Projects to be funded by this grant will be selected in December 2004.

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