Coho salmon spawning

Bureau of Reclamation Klamath Coho Habitat Restoration Program

Coho salmon

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s (Reclamation) Klamath River Coho Restoration Program (Grant Program) enhances 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 and its critical habitat within the mainstem Klamath River and its tributaries between Bogus Creek and the mainstem Salmon River.


Since 2015, NFWF and Reclamation have administered over $4 million for projects aimed at conserving SONCC coho salmon in the Klamath River Basin. We will award an additional $1.7 million in grant funding through 2024. To date, the funded projects are on track to restore 350 acres of watershed habitat, install nearly 50 instream habitat structures and open more than 15 miles of stream habitat, among other accomplishments.

Funded by Reclamation, the Grant Program is closely coordinated among other federal and state partners including the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). 

NFWF will solicit a new round of grant program proposals in winter 2023. Projects must have a direct benefit to SONCC coho salmon within the Klamath River Basin. These projects may be design, planning or monitoring projects that can demonstrate a clear and direct benefit for SONCC coho salmon and meet the objectives of the grant program as required by the 2019 Biological Opinion for Klamath Project Operations issued by NMFS.

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 flow and habitat enhancement and protection projects; and
  • Water conservation projects.

Application Information

04/02/2020 Klamath River Coho Habitat Restoration Program 2019-2020 Request for Proposals - CLOSED View Now
06/16/2023 2023 Grant Slate Download the PDF
08/30/2022 2022 Grant Slate Download the PDF
04/13/2021 2020 Grant Slate Download the PDF
12/03/2019 2018 Grant Slate Download the PDF
12/03/2019 2017 Grant Slate Download the PDF
12/03/2019 2016 Grant Slate Download the PDF
Staff Representatives

Program Director, Western Water

Manager, Western Water