Historic funding from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Act went to the Klamath Basin

Date: Monday, August 22, 2022
Contact: Interior_Press@ios.doi.gov

WASHINGTON — Building on months of close collaboration and engagement with Klamath Basin stakeholders, tribes, and federal, state and local leaders, the Department of the Interior today announced nearly $26 million in President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Act for Klamath Basin restoration projects, including ecosystem restoration in the basin approximately $16 million for restoration projects and $10 million for expansion of the Klamath Falls National Fish Hatchery.

In addition, the Bureau of Reclamation, in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, will fund 10 grants totaling $2.2 million to improve fish and wildlife habitat as part of two programs: the Klamath River Coho Restoration Grant Program and the Trinity River Recovery Program. The grants will generate $777,000 in matching contributions for a total conservation impact of almost $3 million.

“Clean water, healthy forests, and fertile soils have made the Klamath Basin and its surrounding watershed home to tribal communities, productive agriculture, and abundant populations of migratory birds, suckers, salmon, and other fish. But recently, water scarcity has had a great impact on fishing, agriculture and ecosystems of the region.” Secretary Deb Haaland. “With millions of dollars invested in water and habitat sustainability from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Act, this once-abundant ecosystem is well on its way to restoring it for the benefit of all its inhabitants, human or otherwise. We thank Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden for their work in prioritizing this funding for the Klamath region.”

Over the past 20 years, the Klamath Basin has faced unprecedented challenges due to ongoing drought conditions, limited water supplies, and diverse needs. As drought conditions persist in the region, the fragile ecosystem of the Klamath Basin will depend on collaborative partnerships among diverse stakeholders and the development of holistic solutions.

As part of the Department of the Interior’s continued commitment to partnership and collaboration, senior Department leaders have held several in-person and virtual meetings with tribes, state and county officials, interagency partners, and water users to discuss near- and long-term solutions. to the effects of drought in the basin.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Act provides $1.4 billion in upfront payments to protect and manage America’s public lands, leading to better open spaces and habitats for people and wildlife for generations to come, and the Klamath Basin $162 million over the next five years will buy years to restore the regional ecosystem and restore local economies. Today’s announcement represents a historic effort to restore the financial basin.

US Fish and Wildlife Service Investments in Ecosystem Restoration

The US Fish and Wildlife Service began accepting project proposals in March from tribes, local and state agencies, non-governmental organizations and other conservation partners for the 2022 fiscal year. About $16 million will go toward projects focused on water quality and habitat restoration, support for fish listed in the Endangered Species Act, conservation of wetlands important to migratory waterfowl, and related natural resource issues.

A $10 million investment in the expansion of the Klamath Falls National Fish Hatchery will increase the breeding capacity of two federally listed fish found only in the Klamath Basin — the Lost River and the shortnose sucker (C’waam and Koptu) and support restored and sustainable ones. ecosystems in the face of climate change. When completed, the hatchery expansion will increase annual rearing capacity to 60,000 fish, which could support and stabilize the endangered, declining wild populations of both mammal species in Upper Klamath Lake.

These investments represent the first phase of enhanced restoration efforts in the Klamath Basin. Planning for 2023 and beyond will include continued close coordination with tribes, territories and stakeholders, beginning with a workshop this fall to refine the draft Klamath Basin Integrated Fisheries Recovery and Monitoring Plan. This science-based collaborative effort will help build consensus on the prioritization of restoration and monitoring projects and provide additional assurance that available funding is being spent wisely.

More information about the Klamath Bipartisan Infrastructure Act projects can be found on the Fish and Wildlife Service website.

Bureau of Reclamation and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grants

Funded through the Klamath River Coho Restoration Grant Program and the Trinity River Restoration Program, 10 grants prioritized projects that remove fish passage barriers, improve access to the cold water refuge, improve stream habitat, conserve water and reduce fine sediment. All projects will work to enhance the survival and recovery of Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast coho salmon, as well as support long-term conservation goals for watershed connectivity and sustainability in the Klamath River Basin, from its headwaters in Oregon to the Pacific Coast. in California.

More information about the Klamath and Trinity River Programs can be found on NFWF’s website.


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