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Fisheries Fund awards first grants of 2020

Wednesday, February 12, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matt Smythe
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2020 seems to be fast out of the gate for our industry. And, given the current direct attacks on our clean water and public lands protections, the work being done to protect our fish and the places we find them has been full-tilt as well. 

Well, we're pleased to announce the first three Fisheries Fund grant recipients of 2020. Three groups that are doing the conservation work that matters. These folks have been selected because their efforts directly align with the Fisheries Fund mission of supporting projects that focus on fisheries and habitat conservation and education. Currently, we've granted close to $200,000 to organizations and groups like these since the Fund's inception in 2014.

Congratulations, grantees!

Bighorn River Alliance: Bighorn River Side Channel Restoration Planning and Design 
This project will analyze approximately 45 disconnected or low-functioning side channels over the 88 river miles from the Afterbay at Yellowtail Dam to the confluence of the Bighorn with the Yellowstone River. They will be prioritized with respect to their potential for restoration and restoration strategies will be outlined for the top four opportunities



Cumberland Valley Chapter Trout UnlimitedPA Rivers 2020 Conservation & Fly Fishing Youth Camp 
The purpose of the camp is to educate the best and the brightest students who have the potential to be future leaders in their communities on the importance of coldwater conservation. Fishing is an enticement to get the students to apply, and is promoted as a major benefit of having clean coldwater. 






Wild Steelhead CoalitionLyle Creek Restoration 
Lyle Creek is an important spawning tributary of the Sauk River in Northern Washington. Right now, during high and low water conditions, a culvert installed years earlier during a road construction project impedes, and often prevents, native salmon and steelhead from accessing Lyle Creek’s high quality spawning habitat further upstream. In partnership with a few other groups, WSC is working to remove this destructive culvert and restore ecosystem function by increasing spawning and rearing success for migratory and resident trout and salmon.


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