The Needs Outweigh the Resources
Funding for salmon recovery work in the mid-Columbia River region comes from a broad mix of sources. Each year, the Salmon Recovery Funding Board has provided $1 million to $2 million for habitat restoration and protection projects in the region. The Bonneville Power Administration funds habitat, monitoring, and hatchery programs in both the Klickitat and Yakima basins as part of its program to mitigate the impact of federal dams in the Columbia River system. The Department of Ecology and the Bureau of Reclamation have funded extensive habitat and water management improvement projects through the Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Program and the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan. Floodplain restoration projects are being funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Ecology’s Floodplains by Design Program.
While these diverse funding sources are helping the region make great strides forward, more funding is needed to fully implement recovery plans.