$15 million now available for Klamath Basin restoration projects

$15 million now available for Klamath Basin restoration projects

By:  Taylar Ansures

KLAMATH BASIN, Ore. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released another $15 million for restoration activities in the Klamath Basin.

Officials said this funding is the second round of funding for the Klamath Basin from the $162 million total funds in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is set to distribute over five years.

The extra funding for the Klamath Basin is intended to invest in projects and activities that will support or help improve rivers, lakes, wetlands, and associated habitats.

"Everyone in the Klamath Basin was deeply impacted by the worst drought in recent history in 2021, and I've pushed to make sure the federal government steps in to help," said Senator Merkley. "As Chairman of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, I secured $162 million specifically for the Klamath Basin intended to help expand ongoing fish and habitat recovery efforts and water quality improvements in the Klamath Basin. With this second funding opportunity, I encourage Tribes, farmers, fishermen, and others to pitch their best ideas and take advantage of this historic opportunity. I will continue to use my position on the Appropriations Committee to make a difference, and support efforts by the Basin and all of Oregon to prepare and respond to more frequent and severe droughts caused by climate chaos."

"Fighting the drought slamming the Klamath Basin demands a robust response providing a full menu of options so everybody in the region can weather this crisis," said Wyden, Chair of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites restoration project proposals from tribes, local and state agencies, non-government organizations, and other conservation partners committed to finding solutions that will move the Basin forward. Project proposals will need to demonstrate how planned restoration activity will improve conditions and achieve habitat restoration for the area's fish and other species.