Cowlitz Restoration & Recovery Project

2019 Grant Round Complete: Funding Awarded to the Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s Cispus-Yellowjacket Phase III Project

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Do you have an innovative idea for a habitat or hatchery-associated project that would help endangered salmon and steelhead in the upper Cowlitz River basin? We want to hear it!

Tacoma Power established the $17 million Cowlitz Restoration and Recovery (CRR) Fund as part of its federal license to operate the Mayfield and Mossyrock dams. The goal of the fund is to support activities that protect and promote recovery of endangered salmon species in the upper Cowlitz River basin, such as

Who is eligible to apply?
  • Any conservation group registered as a non-profit
  • Native American Tribes
  • Regional fisheries enhancement groups
  • Conservation Districts
  • Local and state governmental entities
  • Federal agencies
  • Private landowners are allowed to propose restoration projects on their own property, but not acquisition projects
Where can the projects be located?
  • The entire Cowlitz River basin upstream of Mayfield Dam
  • The Cowlitz River mainstem and tributary mouths between Mayfield Dam and the mouth of the Toutle River

Program documents (below) have additional details on geographic and species priorities.

How are grants awarded?

The fund is administered by Tacoma Power with oversight by the Cowlitz Fisheries Technical Committee (FTC). The FTC will review all grant proposals (habitat and hatchery-associated) and provide funding determinations to Tacoma Power based on benefit to fish, certainty of success, cost benefit, and CRR Program priorities.

The fund will be spent down entirely before our federal license expires in 2037. Future grant-round schedules and amounts may vary.

Planning to apply?

Tacoma Power is revising application materials and applicant guidance to improve support for project proponents in the next grant round.

In the interim, check out the implementation plan and strategy (in revision for 2020) for more details about the program.

Questions?

Contact Florian Leischner at 253-502-8298 or Melora Shelton 253-441-4994

Want to learn more?

Additional information available by request (contact Florian Leischner at 253-502-8298 or Melora Shelton 253-441-4994):

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