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10/3/05
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NOAA AWARDS $700,000 TO AMERICAN RIVERS TO RESTORE COASTAL FISHERIES

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced today that it has awarded the conservation organization American Rivers a $700,000 grant to restore migratory fish to coastal streams and rivers around the country. The organizations will continue their joint activities to identify and fund promising restoration efforts in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and California – and will expand the program to include the Pacific Northwest for the first time.

“The continued partnership between NOAA and American Rivers demonstrates both organizations' commitment to restoring fisheries habitat,” said retired Navy Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “These habitat restoration efforts fit into our model of ecosystem-based management, and promote local stewardship of the habitats that sustain our nation’s fishery resources.”

“We are delighted that we can expand on our successful collaboration,” said Rebecca R. Wodder, president of American Rivers. “When we contribute to a river restoration project, we are making an investment in a healthier stream or river for future generations to enjoy.”

Since 2001, American Rivers and the NOAA Restoration Center have partnered to remove dams, culverts, and other obstructions in streams and rivers that block salmon, striped bass, American shad, and other species that migrate between fresh and salt water. The two organizations distributed more than $1.1 million to help remove 24 unwanted dams, bypass four dams that will remain in place, replace three culverts, and complete 18 feasibility studies for future work.

Twice a year for the next two years, NOAA and American Rivers will call for new proposals for dam removals and fish passage projects in the target regions. To be eligible, applicants must secure non-federal matching funds and detail how their proposed project will benefit migratory fish species.

NOAA and American Rivers have already obligated almost $300,000 of the $700,000 for 14 projects. Some of these projects include:

California

  • Quarry Bridge Restoration Project – Will remove an existing road-crossing barrier to facilitate the migration of coho salmon and steelhead trout. The existing structure will be replaced with a bridge.
  • Bear Creek Culvert Removal – Will remove two out-dated culverts to facilitate fish passage. Both culverts will be replaced with bridges that meet fish passage standards.
  • Paul Sweet Road Fish Passage – Will remove a metal pipe culvert that forms a barrier to steelhead access to prime spawning and rearing habitat. A flatcar bridge will be installed upstream of the culvert.

Maryland

  • PPG Dam Removal Project – Involves removal of a small run-of-river dam to provide additional recreational opportunities to Maryland boaters and fishermen.

Massachusetts

  • Bronson Brook Fish Passage Improvement & Habitat Restoration – Is addressing two perched culverts that currently block fish passage. Once completed the culverts will function more as stretches of stream rather than concrete or metal pipes.
  • Red Brook Restoration Project – Involves the removal of a deteriorating dam on Red Brook and implementation of a sediment management plan that is both fish and habitat-friendly.

Oregon

  • Endersby Cutoff Culvert Removal – Will remove the existing Endersby Cutoff culvert and replace it with a larger, bottomless culvert.
  • Butte Creek Culvert Replacement – Will replace a perched culvert with a bottomless arch culvert and restore the natural slope of the stream.

Pennsylvania

  • Palmerton Dam Removal Project –Will involve removal of the orphaned Palmerton Dam in order to restore spawning habitat for American shad and other migratory species.

Washington

  • Lower Currier Creek Fish Passage & Habitat Restoration –Will completely remove the “Pott” diversion dam in lower Currier Creek, composed of two 8 ft. culverts.
  • Fish Creek Fish Passage – Involves replacing an existing pipe crossing with a bottomless arch culvert to provide fish passage to the Stillaguamish River.

The nation’s leading river organization, American Rivers gives a national voice to a growing movement of civic groups dedicated to protecting and restoring their hometown rivers and streams. In addition to its partnership with NOAA, American Rivers provides a broad range of technical assistance and advice to communities considering or planning the removal of unwanted dams.

The NOAA Restoration Center Community-based Restoration Program is a financial and technical assistance program that promotes strong partnerships at the national, regional and local level to restore fisheries habitat. NOAA CRP works with organizations and government to support locally-driven habitat restoration projects in marine, estuarine and riparian areas. NOAA CRP funds on-the-ground habitat restoration projects that (1) offer educational and social benefits for citizens and their communities, and (2) provide long-term ecological benefits for fishery resources. Since 1996, more than 900 projects in 26 states have been implemented using NOAA funding and leveraged funding from national and regional habitat restoration partners.

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 35 years.

NOAA, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, 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.

Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners and nearly 60 countries to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes.

On the web:

NOAA: http://www.noaa.gov

Community-based Restoration Program: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/habitat/restoration

American Rivers: http://www.americanrivers.org