CDFW funds 43 salmon projects across state

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the selection of 43 projects that will receive funding for the restoration, enhancement, and protection of anadromous salmonid habitat in California watersheds, as well as forest legacy restoration.

The grants, which total $15,297,743, are distributed through CDFW’s Fisheries Restoration Grant Program. They include approximately $2 million allocated for timber legacy restoration projects and approximately $13.3 million for anadromous salmonid restoration projects. FRGP monies come from a combination of state sources and the federal Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund.

“Restoring the ecological function of critical fish habitat remains an ongoing priority,” CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham said. “Our successes happen when the entire restoration community works together, and we are so fortunate to have stakeholders in California committed to this goal.”

In response to the February 2016 FRGP solicitation, CDFW received 116 proposals requesting more than $36 million in funding in total. All proposals underwent an initial administrative review. Those that passed were then evaluated through a technical review process that included reviews by CDFW and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists.

The 43 approved projects will further the objectives of state and federal recovery plans, including removing barriers to fish migration, restoring riparian habitat, monitoring of listed populations, and creating a more resilient and sustainably managed water resources system (e.g., water supply, water quality and habitat) that can better withstand drought conditions. These projects further the goals of California’s Water Action Plan and CDFW’s recently approved State Wildlife Action Plan, as well as addressing limiting factors specified in state and federal recovery plans.

The projects in Humboldt County are:

Cochran Creek Fish Passage and Channel Restoration-Planning and Design

Coastal Ecosystems Institute of Northern California

This project will develop final design plans to maximize migration access for salmonids through the Cochran Creek tide gate barrier; and enhance channel, floodplain, and riparian habitats within Cochran Creek and its tributary Quail Slough.

Supply Creek Restoration Project, Phase II

Hoopa Valley Tribe

This project will improve ecological function and hydrologic connectivity in the historic floodplain of Supply Creek through levee/road removal and instream, off-channel, and riparian habitat creation and enhancement.

Mid-Klamath Tributary Fish Passage Improvement Project

Salmon River Restoration Council

Improve juvenile and adult salmonid fish passage to over 70 tributaries in the Middle Klamath, Salmon and Lower Scott River subbasins through manual modification of seasonal barriers. Project includes habitat assessment and salmonid assessment.


Jameson Creek Fish Passage Improvement at Rohnerville Road Culvert

City of Fortuna

Design improved fish passage within the lower reach of Jameson Creek, to increase access to upstream habitat for all life stages of salmonids.

Ryan Creek Off Channel Coho Habitat Improvement Design Project

Pacific Coast Fish, Wildlife and Wetlands Restoration Association

The objective of this project is to develop designs that enhance connectivity to the floodplain by creating off-channel pond(s)/channel(s) which enhance non-natal winter high-flow refugia and rearing habitat for coho salmon along 2,000 ft. of Ryan Creek.

Lindsay Creek Off Channel Coho Habitat Improvement Project

Pacific Coast Fish, Wildlife and Wetlands Restoration Association

The objective of this proposal is to develop engineering designs to enhance connectivity between Lindsay Creek and an abandoned oxbow with significant habitat potential. This will improve winter rearing and over-wintering habitat for coho salmon.

Redwood Creek Instream Habitat Improvement-Genairo and Neufeld

Eel River Watershed Improvement Group

Design of instream habitat structures and associated biotechnical bank stabilization over a 2,000-foot section of Redwood Creek to reduce sediment delivery, increase habitat complexity, enhance pools, and increase gravel sorting.

Lower Little River Off-Channel Coho Habitat Improvement Design Project

Pacific Coast Fish, Wildlife and Wetlands Restoration Association

The objective of this project is to develop designs that enhance connectivity to the floodplain by creating off-channel pond(s)/channel(s) which enhance non-natal winter high-flow refugia and rearing habitat for coho salmon in lower Little River.

Dinner Creek Fish Passage Barrier Removal Project

County of Humboldt - Department of Public Works

Remove fish migration barriers opening access to over 9,400 feet (1.8 miles) of spawning habitat in Dinner Creek watershed.

Mattole Storage and Forbearance 2017-2020

Sanctuary Forest

Restore, improve and protect juvenile anadromous fish habitat through implementation of storage and forbearance and operation of seasonal headwaters forbearance program needed to improve summer stream flows.

Powers Creek Fish Habitat Restoration Project

Trees Foundation

Creation of a 100% set of design plans for Coho salmon, Steelhead, and Chinook salmon habitat restoration on Powers Creek leading to as many as twelve pools, twelve spawning riffles and 1,800 ft. of backwater rearing habitat on 3,600 linear ft. of the creek.

Miller Riparian Restoration Project

Eel River Watershed Improvement Group

Eliminate livestock browsing of riparian vegetation on & in Oil & Maple Creeks. Eliminate trailing and stream bank structural impact from livestock, sediment and nutrients from livestock, and promote recovery of riparian vegetation and instream habitats.

Mattole River Chinook Salmon Abundance Monitoring

Mattole Salmon Group

Implement the CA CMP by Conducting redd, adult live fish, and carcass mark-recapture surveys in the Mattole river watershed. Provide CDFW with data analysis and population estimates for adult Chinook and Coho Salmon to assess trends in productivity.


Humboldt Bay Coho Monitoring

HSU Sponsored Programs Foundation

1. Estimate escapement of adult Coho Salmon and abundance of redds in the Humboldt Bay watershed using spawning ground surveys. 2. Implement CMP life-cycle monitoring of Coho Salmon, focusing on Freshwater Creek and adjacent streams.

Redwood Creek Chinook Salmon Monitoring and Life Cycle Model

HSU Sponsored Programs Foundation

Continued operation of the life cycle monitoring station in Redwood Creek in support of the Coastal Monitoring Plan. These data will be used to develop a life cycle model for Redwood Creek Chinook salmon.

Life Cycle Monitoring of Coho Salmon in Prairie Creek

Humboldt State University Sponsored Programs Foundation

Continue long-term Prairie Creek database to: 1) estimate the abundance of adult Coho Salmon through spawning ground surveys; and 2) estimate

freshwater survival and smolt abundances of Coho Salmon.

Mattole River Juvenile Coho Salmon Summer Spatial Structure Monitoring

Mattole Salmon Group

Collect data on juvenile coho salmon occupancy and associated habitat by conducting presence/absence (distribution) surveys.


Watershed Stewards Program - Year 24

California Conservation Corps - Watershed Stewards Program

WSP will engage 50 Members throughout coastal California to enhance anadromous watersheds through restoration and protection, community education and outreach events, recruiting volunteers for hands-on restoration projects, and professional development.

Program wide

20th and 21st Annual Coho Confabs

Salmonid Restoration Federation

To produce two Coho Confabs to educate and train restoration specialists and watershed restoration groups on coho salmon recovery strategies, restoration techniques, and best management practices to restore coho habitat and recover the species.

Del Norte/Humboldt

Anderson Creek Sediment Reduction and Coho Recovery Project Phase 2

Trout Unlimited, Inc.

This project will prevent approximately 4,220 yd3 of sediment from entering Anderson Creek by treating 18 features and 1.33 mi of hydrologically connected, abandoned, legacy inner gorge and riparian road reaches with permanent road decommissioning.

For a full list of all the funded projects in the state, go to