NOAA 2004-R913
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6/25/04

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NOAA AWARDS MORE THAN $11 MILLION TO THE OREGON WATERSHED ENHANCEMENT BOARD
Grant Supports Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Efforts

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded an $11,847,000 grant to the Oregon Office of Species Conservation to support Pacific coastal salmon recovery efforts and water quality enhancement in Oregon. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Since 2000, NOAA has provided $58 million to the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board through the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund, which was established in an agreement between the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service and the West Coast States and Tribes. Earlier this year, the Bush Administration announced a $10 million increase for the Fund in the President’s FY 2005 budget request, totaling $100 million. These grants, matched with state funding, have benefited over 1,000 state and local salmon habitat restoration, water quality and subbasin assessment projects in Oregon. The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board will divide the funds into smaller grants awarded to local entities based on requirements established in a state-federal agreement.

“Salmon recovery efforts are critical to the protection and management of this valuable resource in Oregon,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “NOAA and the Bush Administration are working to improve the understanding of our environment and to strengthen local and regional initiatives like Pacific coastal salmon recovery and water quality enhancement in Oregon.”

The PCSRF was established in 2000 to provide grants to the states and tribes to assist state, tribal and local salmon conservation and recovery efforts. The PCSRF supplements existing state, tribal and federal programs to foster development of federal-state-tribal-local partnerships in salmon recovery and conservation; promotes efficiencies and effectiveness in recovery efforts through enhanced sharing and pooling of capabilities, expertise and information. The goal of the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund is to make significant contributions to the conservation, restoration, and sustainability of Pacific salmon and their habitat. For more information about Oregon projects funded by PCSRF, see http://www.nwr.noaa.gov/pcsrf/Final_RTC_2003.pdf.

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 34 years.

NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources. To learn more about NOAA, please visit: http://www.noaa.gov.