Columbia River Fisheries Development Program

This program uses the facilities and personnel of the State fisheries agencies in the Pacific Northwest to protect and enhance the salmon and steelhead resources in the Columbia River Basin.

Examples of Funded Projects

Northwest Region: All projects are State and Federal cooperative efforts to protect and enhance the salmon and steelhead resources in the region.

Examples of project activities include: Operation and maintenance of fish hatcheries, fish ladders, fish screens, and other fish passage facilities; fish passage and water flow planning and input to involved agencies; and studies on irrigation screens, stream improvement, and hatchery improvement.

Northwest Center: Biological sampling and data collection for transportation, fish guidance, and migration studies of Pacific salmon on the Columbia and Snake Rivers project; monitoring and recording biological and spawning behavior data on captive broodstock population; development of captive broodstock rearing techniques, monitoring salmon spawning behavior within a controlled-environment behavior flume, and the continuation of bio-assay, predator-survival, and PIT-tag research.

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Office - Northwest Region: Robert Z.

Smith, Director, Columbia River Fisheries Development Program, NOAA/NMFS, Salmon Recovery Division, Hatcheries and Inland Fisheries Branch, 1201 NE Lloyd Blvd., Portland, OR 97232-1274.

Telephone: (503) 231-2009.

Fax: (503) 872-2737.

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Program Accomplishments

Northwest Region: State and Tribal fisheries agencies in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho involved in the program operated eighteen salmon hatcheries and rearing ponds, over seven hundred irrigation diversions screens, and more than forty fish ladders, and conducted hatchery improvement studies. Northwest Center: Analyses of biological data collection and research related to endangered and threatened salmonid species listed under the Endangered Species Act, used by fisheries managers and policy makers to determine and implement changes needed to manage the water and fisheries resources of the Columbia and Snake Rivers.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds can be used to develop and implement measures to protect and enhance salmon and steelhead resources in the Columbia River Basin.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State governments and quasi-public nonprofit institution/organizations.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federal, Interstate, State, and Quasi- public nonprofit entities.


Proposal from a State or an Interstate Fishery Agency should be submitted in accordance with 15 CFR Part 24.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs".

An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

Proposals are submitted through Grants.Gov. Applicants will need to enter the Funding Opportunity Number and/or CFDA number to access the application package and instructions. Application package will then be submitted directly to the (Name of your Office - Example Coastal Services Center). Proposals are subject to the requirements of 15 CFR Parts 14 and 24, as applicable.

Award Procedures

Applications are evaluated by the National Marine Fisheries Service Northwest Regional Office and processed by the NOAA Grants Office. Pursuant to Section 404 of Public Law 102-567, financial assistance awards to a State or Interstate Fishery Commission may be provided to the State on a sole-source basis.


According to the NOAA Grants Office, project applications should be submitted 75 days in advance of desired effective date.


Mitchell Act, Public Law 79-676, 16 U.S.C. 756- 757.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 120 working days.


No formal appeal procedure. If applications are unacceptable, the reasons are fully stated to the applicants. If the applicants desire to resubmit applications, projects must be revised in accordance with recommended changes.


Continuation grants can be made on an annual basis for approved multi-year projects. Future or continued funding will be at the discretion of NMFS based on the availability of each fiscal year funding and satisfactory performance. Procedures for renewals are the same as application procedures.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Projects are funded at up to 100 percent Federal share.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Cooperative agreements are normally made for one year. Funds are released in advance or by reimbursement, as agreed to in the Standard Terms and Conditions document required for each grant.

Post Assistance Requirements


Reporting requirements are outlined in the Terms and Conditions of the Financial Assistance Award.

The Department of Commerce Financial Assistance Standard Terms and Conditions generally require that performance and financial reports be submitted semi- annually unless a waiver is provided by the NOAA Grants Officer.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), recipients that are States, Local Governments, Nonprofit Organizations (to include Hospitals), and Institutions of Higher Learning shall be subject to the audit requirements contained in the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501-7507). Commercial organizations shall be subject to the audit requirements as stipulated in the award document.


Generally, a recipient is required to retain records relating to a particular grant for three (3) years from the date of submission of the final financial report. In cases where litigation, claim or an audit is initiated prior to expiration of the three-year period, records must be retained until the action and resolution of any issues associated with it are complete or until the end of the three-year retention period; whichever is latest.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 07 $13,200,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$57,314 to $4,912,171. Average: $1,990,858.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

15 CFR Part 24, Mitchell Act. Allowable cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular A-87 for State and local governments and Indian Tribes; OMB Circular A- 122 for nonprofit and for-profit organizations; OMB Circular A-21 for institutions of higher education; and 48 CFR Part 31 for commercial organizations. Financial assistance management will be in accordance with 15 CFR Part 14 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other non-profit and commercial organizations, and with 15 CFR Part 24 for State and local governments.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Northwest Region: Robert Z. Smith, Director, Columbia River Fisheries Development Program, NOAA/NMFS, Salmon Recovery Division, Hatcheries and Inland Fisheries Branch, 1201 NE Lloyd Blvd., Portland, OR 97232-1274. Telephone: (503) 231-2009. Fax: (503) 872-2737. E-mail:

Headquarters Office

Not applicable.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Priority consideration is given to projects that directly relate to NOAA statutory responsibilities (Mitchell Act) and to court actions and Federal treaties. Special consideration is given to Columbia Basin Watershed planning activities and activities impacting Federal responsibilities under the Endangered Species Act.

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