Feds pledge $2.7M in funds for Klamath Basin salmon recovery

KLAMATH, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has announced $2.7 million in funding for projects aimed at helping coho salmon in the Klamath River basin.

The species is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act and has seen its numbers dwindle amid rising river temperatures and reduced water flows.

The grant announced Monday will be administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, with help from federal and state agencies, and will prioritize projects that improve salmon habitat and fish passage in the lower part of the river and its tributaries, according to a Reclamation news release.

The Klamath River spans the border between Oregon and California.

Reclamation plans to award $1.2 Million in fiscal year 2021 and up to $500,000 per year in fiscal years 2022 through 2024.

Tribes, non-profits, local government agencies, schools and universities can apply.