Cooperatove Conservation Project

Fisheries Restoration and Irrigation Mitigation Act Program

Voluntary fish passage and screening partnership for Fish, Farms and Communities

Location: Midwest/Northern High Plains Region: Montana
Far West Region: Idaho Oregon Washington

Project Summary: This voluntary, citizen-based, cost shared program helps protect fish without impairing water withdrawals from streams for farming, ranching, hydropower and municipal purposes.
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Resource Challenge
For decades state, tribal, and federal fishery agencies in the Pacific Northwest have identified the screening of irrigation and other water diversions, and improved fish passage, as being of critical importance in protecting, recovering, sustaining, and avoiding endangered species listings of anadromous and resident fish populations.  It is estimated that over 80% of water diversions are unscreened. Conservation districts, counties, cities and towns, irrigation districts, Native American tribes, resource conservation and development councils, and conservation organizations have long sought assitance to address these concerns so that fish can be protected while meeting farming, ranching, hydropower and municipal needs.
Examples of Key Partners
The program administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is a collaborative voluntary partnership of state, tribal, federal, and local governments in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Collaboration on program direction is aided by an advisory committee made up of state, tribal, and federal representatives (FRIMA Steering Committee). 
Results and Accomplishments
85 projects have been funded in FY 2002-2004.  These projects protect 656 stream miles and have fixed 15 fish barriers and installed 68 fish screens.   In addition, 9 inventories were conducted, 1 database was developed, and 5 pre-design analyses were conducted.  Over 150 cooperators have been involved.  Strong partnerships led to the high cost sharing amount of 58% of total funding.

This voluntary, citizen-based, cost shared program helps protect fish and meet farming, ranching, hydropower and municipal needs.

Project Contact
Jerry Van Meter
FWS Regional Coordinator (ID, OR, WA)
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

(503) 231-6217
Morgan Elmer
FWS Regional Coordinator (MT)

(303) 236-4512

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