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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded a grant totaling more than $2.9 million to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

This grant will help fund the Columbia River Fisheries Development Program. The program will operate, repair, replace and maintain gravity and pump irrigation diversion screens and fish passage facilities for anadromous salmon in the Salmon and Clearwater drainages of Idaho. The funds will also provide for the procurement of two automated fish marking trailers.

“NOAA and the Bush Administration are working to improve the understanding of our environment and to strengthen regional initiatives in salmon habitat improvements,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “This grant to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game will help overall salmon survival efforts in Idaho.”

Each year, NOAA awards approximately $900 million in grants to members of the academic, scientific and business communities to assist the agency in fulfilling its mission to study the Earth’s natural systems in order to predict environmental change, manage ocean resources, protect life and property and provide decision makers with reliable scientific information. NOAA goals and programs reflect a commitment to these basic responsibilities of science and service to the nation for the past 33 years.

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