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Salmon Recovery Local Projects 12/28/2011
Local organizations from Chelan and OkanoganCounties were recently awarded a total of nearly $2 million dollars by the Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board to fund projects that help with salmon recovery.
Resource Specialist Mike Cane with the Natural Resource Department of Chelan County, says his department submitted three projects to the Salmon Recovery Funding Board and was notified earlier this month that they will receive funding for all three of those projects.
Salmon populations in Washington have been declining for generations. In 1991, the federal government declared the first salmon, Snake River sockeye, as endangered. By the end of that decade, populations had dwindled so much that salmon and bull trout were listed as threatened or endangered in three quarters of the state. Those listings set off a series of activities including the formation of the Salmon Recovery Funding Board to oversee the investment of state and federal funds for salmon recovery