Bat Conservation International
Developing a Targeted Treatment for White-Nose Syndrome Using RNA Interference Gene Silencing (OR)
Develop a novel tool using RNA to target and disable key cellular functions in the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats. Project will conduct the first step in the development of this treatment tool, which involves the design of genetic markers to target the fungus and determine the efficacy of interference by RNA to inhibit fungal growth via in vitro lab experiments.
Clackamas Trout Unlimited
North Fork Eagle Creek Dam Fish Passage Barrier Removal and Side Channel Restoration Project (OR)
Restore full fish passage to 8 miles of high quality spawning and rearing habitat within the North Fork Eagle Creek sub-basin of the Clackamas River for ESA-listed Lower Columbia River winter steelhead, Coho salmon and spring Chinook salmon. Project will restore natural channel processes and increase watershed resilience and connectivity.
Clean Water Services
Balm Grove Dam Fish Passage Barrier Removal and Stream Enhancement for Pacific Lamprey, Winter Steelhead, Coho Salmon and Native Migratory Fish (OR)
Remove fish passage barriers at Balm Grove Dam site to open up to 87 miles of instream habitat for native steelhead, coho salmon, Pacific lamprey and several other native species in Gales Creek, Oregon. Project will improve instream aquatic habitat and floodplain connectivity and enhance approximately one-quarter mile of the Gales Creek riparian area in the vicinity of the dam.
Deschutes River Conservancy
Deschutes Basin Streamflow Restoration (OR)
Restore stream flow in Oregon’s Deschutes Basin through water transactions. Project will improve habitat and water quality for native fish, including salmon and federally listed steelhead trout.
Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors
Metro Middle School Watershed Restoration (OR)
Restore 8 acres across two watersheds in Oregon’s Willamette Valley by engaging 700 middle school students in service-learning, including the removal of invasive blackberry, ivy and holly, and replanting native species. Project will incorporate site monitoring, invasives removal, biological assessments and native plant restoration activities.
General Klamath Tribal Administration
ESA Listed Sucker Rearing Pond (OR)
Recover Klamath Basin Lake Lost River and shortnose suckers by rearing naturally produced larvae and hatchery produced larvae to be released into Upper Klamath Lake and its tributaries. Project will release approximately 100,000 fish of various ages per year to support dwindling wild populations on the brink of extinction. Rearing ponds are a critical component of enabling survival of sucker populations by allowing larvae to grow large enough to be reintroduced to the Upper Klamath Basin.
Klamath Water Users Association
Lower Klamath/Lost River Stewardship Planning Process (CA, OR)
Develop the Lower Klamath/Lost River Stewardship Agreement to address the regulatory goals and objectives outlined in California’s and Oregon’s respective total maximum daily loads (TMDLs). Project will support development of solutions for ongoing water issues to help conserve and ensure allocations of water to fish and wildlife as well as affected irrigation districts.
Klamath Watershed Partnership
Klamath Lake Water Quality Monitoring (OR)
Conduct water quality monitoring, focused on nutrient dynamics in agricultural fields and treatment wetlands. Project will help assess nutrient concentrations in flooded farm fields and treatment wetlands s to inform pumping and draining operations and assess treatment wetland effectiveness.
Nez Perce Tribe
Increase Flow Restoration Efforts in the Nez Perce Tribal Geographies (ID, OR, WA)
Increase flow restoration efforts in the Nez Perce tribal geographies. Project will increase tribal capacity to coordinate with other groups developing water transactions within the broad geography of ceded lands, and also enable the Tribe to propose transactions uniquely linked to tribal relationships, tribal treaty rights, and tribal sovereignty.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Real-Time Instream Flow Assessment of Transactions (OR)
Continue to develop a real-time instream flow tracking system to ensure that Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program transactions are monitored and enforced through an automated program. Project will increase instream flows by ensuring stakeholders are immediately aware when legally protected senior instream flows are not being met and regulation or management adjustments are necessary.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Spring Chinook Pathogen Susceptibility Assessment (OR)
Initiate an assessment of susceptibility of juvenile spring-run Chinook salmon to waterborne pathogens in anticipation of scheduled experimental releases of salmon into the Upper Klamath Basin. Project will help inform state, federal and tribal fish managers as to which pathogens are present and will help advance fish managers’ planning for repopulation of anadromous fish in the upper basin to ultimately achieve sustainable and harvestable levels.
Oregon Water Resources Department
Water Transaction Coordination, Processing, and Monitoring (OR)
Provide assistance to the Oregon Qualified Local Entities on water transactions for proposed streamflow restoration projects, including instream transfer, instream leases, and allocations of conserved water. Project will ensure the conditions specified in final orders are monitored to protect instream flows.
Sandy River Basin Watershed Council
Finalizing Design of a Sandy River Floodplain Reconnection (OR)
Create a final design to restore the Sandy River to its original channel and reconnect it to its floodplain at the confluence with the Salmon River. Project will restore wild salmonid habitat while enhancing community resiliency in a priority Oregon basin for recovery of threatened Lower Columbia River wild fish that are vulnerable to climate change driven storms, flooding, and erosion.
Building a Regenerative Ranching Economy in the West (ID, NV, OR)
Launch and enroll producers in a voluntary regenerative ranching program across Oregon, Idaho, and Nevada to provide customized regenerative management plans, technical assistance and establish baseline data and monitoring for each ranch to measure impacts. Project will implement regenerative ranching practices to benefit core sage grouse habitat, soil health, carbon sequestration and water conservation.
The Freshwater Trust
Upper Sandy River Basin Salmon and Steelhead Habitat Restoration (OR)
Restore 0.88 miles of side channel habitat and place a total of 450 pieces of large wood in habitat structures in the restored channels and stream margins of Salmon River, Boulder Creek, and Zigzag River in the Upper Sandy River basin. Project will restore habitat for native salmon and steelhead and restore ecological function in the Sandy basin.
The Nature Conservancy
Deploy Machine Learning for Electronic Monitoring of Fisheries (multiple states)
Develop, widely test and deploy open source computer vision tools which identify and trim video segments to reduce archival video storage costs for fisheries electronic monitoring. Project will employ a two-step process where detection of humans is completed during video review and trimming is done only after video review is completed to reduce risk of eliminating important fishing activity and to facilitate adoption by regulators.
The Trust for Public Land
Developing Southern Oregon Forest Management to Improve Resiliency (OR)
Develop forest management practices at scale in key watersheds to mitigate the impact of flooding from winter storm and low flows due to summer drought, while enhancing fish and wildlife habitat. Project will develop a comprehensive plan for management and restoration that will restore 100,000 acres of forestland in the Southern Oregon Coast Range.
Elevating Instream Flow Enhancement in the Umatilla Tribal Geographies (OR)
Identify, prioritize and develop water transactions in the Grande Ronde, Wallowa, Umatilla, Walla Walla and John Day River Basins working in collaboration with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Project will improve future flow regimes for ESA-listed salmonids, mitigate for out of stream use, increase habitat quantity and lower water temperatures.
Reconnecting Floodplains for Native Fish (OR)
Build woody debris and beaver dam analogues using roving hand crews to improve habitat resiliency and restore ecological function for native fish species in the Lower Snake and Mid-Columbia Headwaters. Project will implement low-tech, high-impact approaches to restore ecosystem groundwater storage capacity, thereby improving habitat for Columbia River Basin steelhead, Chinook salmon, Pacific lamprey, and bull trout.
Water Quality Monitoring and Restoration Planning to Support Endangered Suckers in the Upper Klamath Basin (OR)
Conduct a comprehensive nutrient dynamics synoptic study in the Wood River Valley and
Williamson River. Project will assist in the planning and prioritization of restoration actions necessary to support survival and recovery of listed suckers and support revision of the Upper Klamath Basin Watershed Action Plan (UKBWAP).
Washington Water Trust
Stream Flow Restoration to Benefit Salmon, Steelhead and Trout in the Columbia Basin - Umatilla (OR, WA)
Restore fish-critical streams in the Columbia River Basin by implementing instream flow acquisitions in the Walla Walla basin. Project will continue its partnership with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation to benefit ESA-threatened summer steelhead and bull trout.