NOAA 2004-R961
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7/30/04

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NOAA AWARDS $193,000 TO THE CALIFORNIA CONSERVATION CORPS

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced a grant for $193,000 to the California Conservation Corps as a multi-project partnership to restore habitat vital to the conservation of California’s coastal fisheries. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The funding will support the first year of a three-year partnership between the CCC and the NOAA Restoration Center for restoration projects that benefit California’s estuarine and riverine habitats. Such projects help recover marine and anadromous fisheries by providing salmon, steelhead and other aquatic species with cover from predators and swift water; reducing water temperatures; improving access to historic spawning and rearing areas; and preventing excess sediment from entering the system. The partnership objective is to implement on-the-ground habitat restoration projects that restore estuarine and riparian habitats, with the goal of recovering populations of salmon and steelhead in Coastal California. Types of projects may include fish passage barrier removal, large woody debris placement, riparian planting, invasive species removal, bank stabilization and cattle exclusionary fencing.

“This partnership between NOAA and the California Conservation Corps is a great example of the valuable projects and initiatives that NOAA grants help support. NOAA’s goal of healthy coastal habitats and vibrant coastal communities can only be accomplished when there is strong local stewardship of the habitats that support our fisheries resources,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator.

“I am pleased that the Coastal Fisheries Restoration Program of the California Conservation Corps is able to form this valuable partnership with NOAA. We can now expand worthwhile developmental project opportunities for our young Californians,” said Scott Wolsey, district director for the Northern Service District of the CCC.