BAFBRB Brian Abbott Fish Barrier Removal Board

Funding

$26.4 million

Details

Grant Limit

None

Details

Match Requirement

15%

Details

The Legislature established the grant program of the Brian Abbott Fish Barrier Removal Board in 2014 to identify and remove impediments to salmon and steelhead migration.

The board funds projects along the following two pathways:

-Coordinated Pathway: This pathway targets projects near other current or recently completed barrier correction projects. The purpose of this pathway is to leverage and support existing efforts.

-Watershed Pathway: This pathway prioritizes barriers in geographically discreet, locally prioritized, stream reaches and subbasins that will have the largest benefit to salmon at a population scale.

Grant Application Schedule

Item Date

Request for Applications

November 1, 2019 

Application Due

January 15, 2020 

Technical Review Team Review

January 1, 2020 - March 31, 2020

Invitation to Submit Final Application

April 1, 2020 

Final Application Due

May 15, 2020 

Board Reviews Final Applications

May 15, 2020 - July 31, 2020

Board Submits Ranked List to Legislature

August 1, 2020 

Grant Awards Announced

June 30, 2021 Estimate

Grant Award History

Most recent grants and evaluation results, listed by the application year.

Application Resources

Grant Manual

Watch the Videos

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Fish Passage: A Sense of Urgency

Typical Projects

  • Removing a culvert or bridge
  • Planning for a project to remove a barrier

Who May Apply?

  • Local agencies
  • Native American tribes
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Private landowners
  • Regional fisheries enhancement organizations
  • Special purpose districts such as port, park and recreation, conservation, and school districts
  • State agencies

Planning Requirement

For restoration projects requesting $500,000 or more, preliminary designs must be submitted with the application package. RCO Manual 22: Fish Passage Barrier Removal Board Grant Program, Appendix C-2 provides the approved format for this design level.

Funding

Funding is awarded every year and comes from the sale of bonds.

Grant Limits

None for most projects. Design-only projects have a $200,000 grant limit.

Match Details

Project TypeMatch Requirement
Planning grants less than or equal to $200,000 None, if final designs are completed in 18 months of funding approval
Planning grants exceeding $200,000 15% and final designs must be completed in 2 years
Restoration (construction) 15%

Match may include the following:

  • Appropriations, cash, and bonds
  • Donations of cash, land, labor, equipment, and materials
  • Other grants
  • Applicant’s labor, equipment, and materials

Eligible Projects

Restoration (construction) includes activities that provide or improve fish migration upstream and downstream of road crossings, dams, and other in-stream barriers. Passage projects may include replacing barrier culverts with fish passable culverts or bridges, removing barriers (small dams, logjams), or constructing fishways. May include final design and permitting activities.

Planning (design-only) must result in final project design.

Ineligible Projects

  • Acquisition of property through full fee interest or permanent easement
  • Capital facilities and public works projects, such as sewer treatment facilities, surface and storm water management systems, and water supply systems
  • Costs to apply for a Brian Abbott Fish Barrier Removal Board grant
  • Effectiveness monitoring costs associated with a project, including purchase of equipment to monitor a Salmon Recovery Funding Board restoration or acquisition project
  • Forest practices (Road Maintenance and Abandonment Plans) covered by the Forest Practices Act or the Forest and Fish Agreement, except when they are on forested lands owned by small private landowners
  • Leasing of land
  • Lobbying or legislative activities
  • Mitigation projects, activities, or funds
  • Monitoring, maintenance, and stewardship as stand-alone projects
  • Operation or construction of fish hatcheries
  • Projects identified as mitigation as part of a habitat conservation plan approved by the federal government for incidental take of endangered or threatened species
  • Projects that do not address a fish barrier

The Process

The board is facilitated by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Board members, with technical oversight from Department of Fish and Wildlife’s fish passage and engineering staff, evaluate and rank grant applications and submit a a prioritized list of projects to the state Legislature for funding consideration biennially.

RCO manages grant agreements for all projects that receive funding.

Long-term Commitment

Barrier removal projects are monitored by RCO for 10 years after construction is completed. RCO Manual 7: Long-Term Obligations provides details of the compliance requirements.

About Brian Abbott

Brian Abbott was the executive coordinator of the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office and a life-long fisherman and advocate for salmon recovery.