The Colville Tribes’ Fish and Wildlife (CTFW) Department was recently awarded a contract for over $417,000 from the Bonneville Power Administration to continue habitat restoration work in the Methow Sub-basin. The restoration work will benefit Chinook salmon, summer steelhead, bull trout and Pacific lamprey.
The new award will allow fish biologists to install fencing to keep livestock out of the Methow River, develop an alternative water source for livestock, install a well, and replace an undersized culvert on Frazer Creek with a bridge to improve fish passage, according to a press release.
“Since there are already substantial existing restoration efforts in the Methow, I see our role at this point as to coordinate with these efforts, provide support where needed, and implement projects that will have the greatest biological benefit for the cost,” said Paul Wagner, fish biologist for CTFW. “Fish passage projects and livestock fencing projects are good examples of project types that have a relatively high biological benefit for a modest cost.”