The Estuary Partnership is requesting proposals for habitat restoration projects in the lower Columbia River and estuary. Projects that address salmonid restoration and protection are the priority of this request. Applications for the first round of funding are due on April 22.
Applications will be accepted and reviewed by the Estuary Partnership’s Science Work Group throughout the year and therefore priority consideration may be given to those projects submitted in the earlier cycles.
The Estuary Partnership estimates that up to $2 million will be available annually for restoration projects. Individual award amounts are expected to range between $50,000 and $500,000, although all requests that meet the criteria of this request for proposals will be considered.
These funds can be used to support all phases of restoration projects including planning and design, permitting, implementation, evaluation and reporting. Funds may also be used for technical assistance with project scoping, design, or planning. Additional technical assistance funds are available to help project sponsors develop, design, and implement larger, more complex estuary restoration projects. Available services include conceptual design, engineering, hydrology, geotechnical, as well as other technical expertise.
Restoring habitat for migrating juvenile salmonids is important to the regional salmonid recovery efforts. In the past 100 years wetland habitat has decreased by as much as 75 percent because of many activities, including development, agriculture, and hydrosystem operations. The lower river and estuary are critical areas for all Columbia Basin migrating fish, especially salmonids listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
One hundred regional partners have restored over 16,000 acres of habitat since 1999. The Estuary Partnership has awarded funding to local projects throughout its study area for many years. The funding from the Bonneville Power Administration is for habitat restoration projects to help satisfy mitigation requirements established in the 2008 biological opinion for the Federal Columbia River Power System.
Visit www.lcrep.org for more information about the Habitat Restoration Application and Technical Assistance funding.
The Estuary Partnership was established in 1995 by the governors of Washington and Oregon and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to coordinate and convene, to advance science and to get on-the-ground results in the lower Columbia River and estuary. The Estuary Partnership is a collaborative program of the states of Oregon and Washington, federal agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses and economic interests and citizens.
The Estuary Partnership works in three areas to protect the ecosystem and species, reduce toxic and conventional pollution, and provide information about the river to a range of audiences.
The Estuary Partnership is authorized by Congress as one of the 28 estuaries in the nation designated an “Estuary of National Significance.” The National Estuary Program was created in the 1987 Clean Water Act and is administered by the US EPA.