Yakima Basin Fish & Wildlife Recovery Board Newsletter
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Sept 15-17 - Salvelinus Confluentus Curiosity Society Meeting

Oct 8 - YBFWRB Board Meeting

Oct 21 - Tour of Cle Elum Side Channel Project

8/13 Conservationists battle Stargrass weed

8/15 Fishing rule change for Yakima River

8/16 New enemy in our local rivers

8/17 Crews weed Yakima River



Fish Passage Board Data Request Update

Thanks to all who responded to the information request from the new state Fish Passage Board that we highlighted in our last newsletter. There was broad support for identifying the Wilson-Naneum-Cherry watershed (HUC 1703000104) as the focal watershed for the Yakima Basin, so we forwarded that nomination to WDFW. We still have an opportunity to identify specific projects for the Coordinated Pathway, so if you have a fish passage project you want included in the list WDFW will request funding for in the 2017 state budget, do let us know ASAP! Click here for the Criteria for the Coordinated Pathway
One of many barriers in our focal watershed!

Salvelinus Confluentus Curiosity Society Meeting 

Time is running out! Please register for the ScCS meeting before August 28, 2015.

The 2015 Salvelinus Confluentus (Bull trout) Curiosity Society meeting will be held at Camp Dudley on September 15-17, 2015. Each year the conference rotates to a new part of Bull Trout's range, and this is the first time it has been held in the Yakima Basin. For more information see:

The registration fee is $180 USD. The registration fee covers lodging, most food, beverages, souvenirs, conference activities, venue fees and more. The planning committee has been hard at work planning a fun conference; it’s sure to be one you don’t want to miss!

Please complete the registration form and email it to Cassandra Anderson.
Bull Trout, courtesy of ScCS Facebook page

SRFB Grant Review Update

We are pleased to announce that the 2015 local SRFB grant review process is complete. The proposals that were submitted by project sponsors in April have been reviewed by our Technical Advisory Group (TAG) and Citizen’s Committee. The resulting ranked list was approved by our Board of Directors on August 6, and has been submitted to the state’s Recreation and Conservation Office. We’ll work with project sponsors to advocate for the ranked projects as the state completes its final review. Final funding decisions will be made at the Salmon Recovery Funding Board’s December meeting in Olympia.

Ecology Water Quality Grants due Oct 16

Ecology’s 319 and Centennial grant programs are a great source of funding for fish habitat projects that improve water quality. They can help cover assessment, planning, project implementation, outreach and monitoring. This year applications are due October 16.

Tour of the Cle Elum Side Channel Project 

We are organizing tours to provide our partners with more information about the status of active and recently completed projects. The Cle Elum Side Channel project was one of many sites that our grant reviewers have said they wanted to visit. We toured most of those sites in April, and decided to hold the Cle Elum Side Channel tour until the fall. The group also asked for extra time at the Cle Elum site so we can visit both sides of the river. The tour is scheduled for October 21 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. We will circulate more details, the agenda and an official call for RSVPs as we get closer to the date.

More information about the project is available at Kittitas Conservation Trust or PRISM.
A helicopter flying in a rock collar to help secure the large wood at the Cle Elum site.
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