BAFBRB Brian Abbott Fish Barrier Removal Board


$26.8 million


Grant Limit



Match Requirement



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. More information about the Brian Abbott Fish Barrier Removal Board program and meetings can be found on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's webpage.

Grant Application Schedule

Item Date

NEW 2023-2025 Grant Round

Updates coming soon including updated guidelines, new grant round schedule, application workshop, and PRISM application.

November 1, 2021 Estimated application opening date. Subject to change.

Grant Award History

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

Application Resources

Grant Manual


A scissor cutting a ribbon

Watch the Videos

Making Way for Salmon

Fish Passage: A Sense of Urgency

It’s Your Community: Listen to a MIXX 96 radio interview with RCO director Kaleen Cottingham and Tom Jameson, the division manager for the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Fish Passage program talking about completion of the first project funded by this grant program.

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 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.