CDFW Awards $13.2 Million for Fisheries Habitat Restoration and Forest Legacy Projects

This is a press release from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (Many of these projects are in Humboldt, Mendocino and Del Norte Counties):

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) [recently] announced the selection of 41 projects that will receive funding for the restoration, enhancement and protection of anadromous salmonid habitat in California watersheds, as well as forest legacy restoration.

The grants, which total $13.2 million, are distributed through CDFW’s Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP). They include $994,421 allocated for timber legacy restoration projects and approximately $12.2 million for anadromous salmonid restoration projects. FRGP monies come from a combination of state sources and the federal Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund.

“We are excited to fund this round of projects, and to support the restoration and protection of habitat critical to our salmon and steelhead.” CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham said. “This year’s devastating wildfires and looming drought continue to put our fisheries at risk, making the work of our stakeholders that much more important.”

In response to the 2018 Fisheries Habitat Restoration Grant Solicitation, CDFW received 89 proposals requesting more than $37 million in funding. All proposals underwent an initial administrative review. Those that passed were then evaluated through a technical review process that included reviews by CDFW and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists.

The 41 approved projects will further the objectives of state and federal fisheries recovery plans, including removing barriers to fish migration, restoring riparian habitat, monitoring of listed populations and creating a more resilient and sustainably managed water resources system (e.g., water supply, water quality and habitat) that can better withstand drought conditions. These projects further the goals of California’s Water Action Plan and CDFW’s State Wildlife Action Plan, as well as addressing limiting factors specified in state and federal recovery plans.

The list of approved projects is available on the FRGP website.

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17 comments

  • Past funds for stream modifying went to finance pot growers in same location,secretly of course,fish needs ,only correct elements fed to our and their algal bloom.run off.

  • Grants, grants and more grants.

    Measure Z Measure O
    ZO_

    ZOO – think they’re trying to tell us something?

  • Disgusting supervisors

    ^^^^^^^ bunch of bullshit. Sorry nor cal you no longer live in a democracy,you no longer own your own land , our government in California has turned into a theiving dictatorship and there mass funding the swords of extortion.people better be careful and pay attention and cast your votes in the rite place whenever the opportunity arises.its all good if they could work with people to restore but they’re not.theyre out to steal, trample,extort,and perform lying power grabs. Screw you fish and game your the end of the constitution, you’re the end of living in a great country.your an abomination to the forefathers of this great nation

  • So it’s a Federal Grant, 2/3 will most likely in up in someone’s pocket due to lack of supervision.

  • Disgusting supervisors

    Some people are blind or choose to not see how corrupt bureaucracy operates. And central those arrows wernt for you!!!!

  • Gosh nothing good to say about local groups gettin restoration work?

    • It depends if all that money is spent on something that will do good. How many grants have local nonprofits gotten to clean out streambeds. Only to find out a couple years later they did more environmental damage than loggers did and had to go back in with another Grant to put natural barriers back in for the fish to hide and spawn in. How many grants have local nonprofits got to give people growing millions of dollars worth of marijuana water tanks? How many grants have been used to do Environmental Studies on projects that require more grants.

  • Despite all the millions thrown at these projects the fisheries continue to decline. Gross mismanagement is the obvious reason.

  • Slush fund distributions.

  • yum yum
    Subsidies.
    Dredge the lower eel

  • Would you libertarian whiners feel better if grants were called contracts? Essentially that is what they are.
    In much the same way a general contractor supervises their subcontractors to complete a project, a grant supervisor will oversee the work performed.
    That grant (contract) was awarded after a request for proposals (RFP) was advertised. The proposal was awarded on its merits on a competitive basis, just like a contract bid for say, a house, or a sewer plant.
    Every penny ends up in someone’s pocket, to pay for gas, or interest or the administration of the grant.
    It’s capitalism. You’ve embraced it.
    Now, acknowledge its many forms!
    Quitchyerbitchin! And Merry Xmas.

  • The state and the feds spend millions to protect the fish runs but they spend billions to pump the water out of the Trinity, Klamath, and Eel watershed to grow almonds and water lawns further south. If anyone cared about the environment they’d turn off the taps and leave the water where it is. No scientists or CDFW cops or beauracrats required

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