Regional fish projects receive state funds

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Salmon projects in the region netted a healthy bump from the state during the latest round of grant funding.

The state Salmon Recovery Funding Board awarded more than $19 million to organizations in 28 counties.

Locally, grants totaled 894,951 for:

Columbia County — $497,279 for three projects. The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation will fix a barrier to fish passage in the north fork of the Touchet River; the city of Dayton will do design work for restoration of the north fork; and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife will carry out restoration work on the Tucannon River in the W.T. Wooten Wildlife Area.

Garfield County — $283,272 for one project. The Nez Perce Tribe will replace two culverts that block fish passage in Pataha Creek with bridges to benefit steelhead that use the creek.

Walla Walla County — $114,400 for one project. Tri-State Steelheaders will use the money for design work for improvements to Mill Creek between Ninth and Sixth avenues in Walla Walla.

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