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Cowlitz Restoration & Recovery Project

2022 Habitat Grant Round is Underway, in Partnership with the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board

Check back for information on upcoming hatchery-associated project grant rounds, or contact us to be put on a notification list.

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). For grant rounds, Tacoma Power partners with the LCFRB for habitat proposals and runs a stand-alone round for hatchery-associated projects. Proposals are evaluated based on benefit to fish, certainty of success, cost benefit, and CRR priorities. The FTC reviews all funding recommendations and determines funding awards.

The fund will be spent down entirely before our federal license expires in 2038. Future grant-round schedules and amounts may vary.

Planning to apply?

Check out the LCFRB’s CRR website for information on the habitat grant round. 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 more details about the program.


Contact Travis Nelson at 253-502-8861 or Melora Shelton 253-441-4994

Want to learn more?

Additional information available by request (contact Travis Nelson at 253-502-8861 or Melora Shelton 253-441-4994):

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