RFP: Want to restore salmon habitat on the Klamath River? $1 million is available.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), PacifiCorp and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)—in close coordination with National Oceanic and Atmospheric (NOAA) Administration Fisheries—are seeking applicants to receive funding to implement coho habitat restoration projects within the Klamath River and its tributaries downstream of Iron Gate Dam in northern California.

The joint Request for Proposals (RFP) will make available up to $1 million in grants during 2018 through BOR’s Klamath River Coho Habitat Restoration Program, up to $500,000, contingent upon appropriations, and PacifiCorp’s Klamath River Coho Enhancement Fund, $500,000.

The program aims to fund projects that meet the requirements outlined in the 2013 Biological Opinion on BOR’s Klamath Project Operations and to achieve conservation objectives contained in PacifiCorp’s Klamath Hydroelectric Project Interim Operations Habitat Conservation Plan for Coho salmon, which are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Successful proposals will provide access to cold water habitat, create or enhance instream habitat, remove barriers or otherwise improve access, or provide water conservation.

Since 2009, PacifiCorp and BOR have contributed $6.3 million toward Coho habitat restoration in the Klamath River.

The RFP webinar, from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, May 8, will include an overview of the programs, details regarding the types of projects that will be given priority, and the proposal process and requirements. Register for the webinar at https://bit.ly/2jmOxLa.

The pre-proposal deadline is Friday, June 1, 2018.

Photo of Coho salmon in the Tillamook State Forest of Oregon courtesy of the Oregon Department of Forestry.

See the full RFP.

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