regional fisheries coalition | 2020-21 annual report
Perseverance & Grit
A passion strong enough to overcome obstacles.
“I have watched kids who grow up planting trees, mature right alongside the trees they steward. And as they grow, from schoolchildren to young adults, they learn that restoring salmon habitat is a long-term process.”
THE UNIFIED VOIce of Washington’s 14 regional fisheries enhancement groups
Welcome to our 2020-21 Annual Report
Our communities have grit. They find inspiration in the salmon that return to their spawning grounds, despite many ocean challenges and myriad barriers along their journey.
The 14 Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups (RFEGs) that make up the Regional Fisheries Coalition (RFC) have spent more than 30 years partnering with community members in the regions where we work to restore vital salmon habitat.
Together, we have been steadfast in our determination, and creative in our approaches. Please join me in celebrating–and learning more about–the successes our collective grit has brought, here in our 2020-2021 Annual Report.
RFC Board President
Making an Impact for 30+ Years
THE REGIONAL FISHERIES COALITION
Our programs are statewide; our priorities are local.
As independent nonprofits, the 14 Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups (RFEGs) are community-driven. We know the rivers in our regions intimately. And we know our communities. We are nimble, even in the face of challenges; we are resilient.
Harnessing the Power of Community
to Recover Salmon
funding our work
“We continue to be impressed by the earnest dedication
RFEGs provide to communities across Washington by leveraging funding
opportunities to restore critical habitat and build resilience into the future.”
Our Financial Grit:
Matching State and Federal Dollars 1:8
Funding our work takes determination. Project managers are not just masters in design, implementation and construction oversight, they are also dogged in their pursuit of grant funds, donated services, and volunteer expertise. State and federal RFEG funds – administered by WA Dept of Fish and Wildlife and the US Fish and Wildlife Service – provide seed money, helping us take projects from ideas into action, bring together partners, write grants, and train staff. We leverage this funding so that for each State and Federal dollar received we secure an additional $8, greatly amplifying the initial investment.
featured project: implementation funding
South Fork Toutle River Restoration
Design and construction of the Bear Creek, Harrington Creek, and Little Cow Creek projects, in the South Fork Toutle headwaters.
Funding sources included:
Salmon Recovery Funding Board: $452,173
WA Dept of Fish & Wildlife ALEA: $9,060
WA Dept of Corrections Labor Donations: $5,728
USFS Gifford Pinchot Retained Receipts: $7,180
WA Dept of Ecology Terry Hussman Account: $27,000
Clark Skamania Fly Fishers: $15,000
Hampton Lumber Mills Donations: $15,673
Beyond The Pond/Bass Pro Shops: $12,000
Weyerhaeuser Small Grants Program: $5,000
Total Project Cost: $548,815.45
Salmon Recovery Gives Back
RFEGs understand that we can help fish while also supporting rural economies; we can create habitat while making our communities more resilient to impacts like flooding and climate change.
Our communities are often at risk to natural processes: flooding, wildfires, and rivers that move. Working with partners, we find on-the-ground solutions that serve the goals of our communities and our salmon.
RFEG construction projects employ local businesses to provide a wide range of family-wage jobs, including heavy equipment operators, truckers, accountants, landscape architects, biologists, planners, and engineers.
Being community-based, RFEGs quickly
address threats and embrace opportunities. RFEGs are nimble, local organizations that often form strategic partnerships to tackle emerging issues.
“RFEGs exemplify how federal and state entities can partner with local communities to implement priority restoration projects.”
2020-21 Featured Projects
Click on an RFEG to view their featured project.
Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association
NSEA removed three consecutive barriers, two culverts, and a concrete dam. The culverts were replaced with steel bridges. Approximately 300 feet of new channel was constructed, mimicking upstream and downstream reference reaches, and providing fish passage to 1.1 miles of largely-undisturbed spawning and rearing habitat.
Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group
North Olympic Salmon Coalition
The Kilisut Harbor Restoration Project made accessible 2,300 acres of critical salmon habitat by reconnecting a historic tidal channel between Oak Bay and Kilisut Harbor, which had been blocked for nearly four decades.
Pacific Coast Salmon Coalition
Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group
HCSEG replaced a 72-in undersized culvert and failed fish ladder with a 60 ft. bridge over Seabeck Creek, providing access to 7 additional miles of spawning habitat upstream for salmon and steelhead.
Chehalis Basin Fisheries Task Force
CBFTF opened up 2.35 miles of spawning and rearing habitat for five species of salmonids by removing three barriers in the Wynoochee River Basin, and by replacing them with two bridges and one bottomless arch culvert.
Willapa Bay Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group
Staff, board and volunteers of Willapa Bay Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group install Remote Stream Incubators (RSIs) each year. RSIs are systems often installed in streams to allow salmon eggs to be reared and released with minimal handling. Some years, they have released 1.4 million fish!
Lower Columbia Fish Enhancement Group
South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group
Mid Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group
Mid Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group
Sound Salmon Solutions
Restored a riparian buffer on both banks of Grant Creek (by removing invasive plants and replanting with native vegetation) with goals to increase habitat diversity, reduce in-stream temperatures, provide woody inputs, and supply runoff filtration. The project involves community volunteers, an engaged landowner, local school groups, and local fishing groups.
By the Numbers
Learn More & Get Involved
Find Your RFEG
Search the RFEGs to find the group nearest you and learn how you can support their efforts. Click through to our RFEG map to locate a group in your community.
Engage With Us
Donate, attend an event, or volunteer with your local RFEG. Your involvement supports our efforts to protect and restore Washington's vital salmon resource.
Help us continue this critical work
Your support is key to our success. Thank you.
RFEG projects support the sustainability of the salmon resource but they do more than that: they build community, create jobs, encourage environmental stewardship, and activate a new generation of salmon advocates. Please show your support by getting involved, donating, or learning more today.