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ODFW Fish Passage Compensation Fund seeks RFPs for fish passage projects

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) has entered into a cooperative Culvert Repair Agreement with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). Under this agreement, $2 million was made available to implement high priority fish passage projects throughout Oregon, some of which was awarded under a 2018 RFP (request for proposal).

ODFW is seeking additional RFP’s for projects that need more implementation funding. The deadline for RFP submission is June 28, 2019.

Eligibility Criteria:

Must be a high priority fish passage project
Signed landowner agreement required prior to approval
Projects associated with mitigation requirements will not be accepted
ODOT projects will not be accepted
Projects will need to identify how passage will be maintained to design specifications after implementation
Funds are focused on projects that:

Support projects described in a Conservation and Recovery Plan
Are listed on the ODFW Statewide Fish Passage Priority List: https://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/passage/docs/2019%20Fish%20Passage%20Priority%20List.pdf
Have secured match funds from other sources, including the owner/operator
Benefit ESA and State Sensitive listed species
Provide access or improved access to high quality habitat
Provide access or improved access to a large quantity of habitat
Provide a timeline, including permit acquisition that ensures project implementation by Dec. 31, 2021
These funds are intended for the implementation of restoration projects. Funds will not be awarded for project development or design projects.

To submit a project for consideration, please fill out this application form. Please include the Statewide Fish Passage Priority List ranking, barrier type, budget information, photos, and maps in the application.

Applications can be submitted to: Pete Baki, ODFW/ODOT Fish Passage Liaison, 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, Salem, OR 97302 or via email to pete.a.baki@state.or.us.