Bureau of Reclamation Klamath Coho Habitat Restoration Program
The Bureau of Reclamation Klamath Coho Restoration Program enhances the survival and recovery of the Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast coho salmon and its critical habitat within the mainstem Klamath River and tributaries between Bogus Creek and the mainstem Salmon River.
The Klamath Coho Habitat Restoration Program will administer over $3 million in grants from 2015-2021 to enhance the survival and recovery of the Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast (SONCC) coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch), a species listed as “threatened” under to the federal Endangered Species Act.
Funded by the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), the grant program is closely coordinated between Reclamation, the National Marine Fisheries Service and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Projects must have a direct benefit to SONCC coho salmon and/or be a design, planning or monitoring project that can demonstrate that it will provide a direct benefit for coho salmon and comply with the 2019 Biological Opinion.
Project types that will be given the highest priority include:
- Access improvement and barrier removal projects;
- Projects that improve habitat and access to coldwater refugia;
- Instream habitat enhancement and protection projects; and
- Water conservation projects.
Since 2016, the Bureau of Reclamation Klamath Basin Coho Habitat Restoration Program has awarded approximately $2.5 million to 21 projects. These projects have leveraged over $2.8 in matching funds and in-kind contributions.