Restoring Tribal Priority Fish Passage through Barrier Removal
The principal objective of the Restoring Tribal Priority Fish Passage through Barrier Removal Funding Opportunity is to provide federal financial and technical assistance to Indian tribes and tribal commissions or consortia to remove barriers to fish passage for native migratory or sea-run fish. Funding will be used for fish passage that rebuilds productive and sustainable fisheries, contributes to the recovery and conservation of threatened and endangered species, enhances watershed health, promotes resilient ecosystems and communities, and increases tribal capacity to participate in fish passage barrier removal efforts while improving tribal commercial, recreational, subsistence and cultural practice opportunities. This funding opportunity announcement is authorized under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA, Public Law 117-58), 135 STAT. 1356 (Nov. 15, 2021).
Applicants should address the following program priorities: (1) Achieving measurable and lasting benefits for migratory fish populations; (2) Fostering tribally important barrier removal efforts that benefit migratory fish; (3) Enhancing community resilience to climate hazards and providing other co-benefits; or (4) Increasing tribal organizational fish passage capacity to support tribes in their role as managers and stewards of tribal trust resources for cultural, spiritual, economic, subsistence, and recreational purposes.
Proposals submitted under this funding opportunity should describe how the proposed work will: 1. contribute to the recovery of threatened and endangered species listed under the Endangered Species Act; 2. sustain or help rebuild fish stocks managed under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act; 3. improve passage to support native fish species of the Great Lakes; 4. enhance the sustainability of saltwater recreational fisheries; 5. enhance community resilience to climate hazards by removing or improving aging infrastructure and support other co-benefits; or 6. support hydroelectric license surrender to remove dams that are no longer economically viable or provide significant public benefits.
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Eligible applicants are Indian tribes (as defined in 25 U.S.C. Section 5304 (e)) and tribal commissions or consortia. Tribal commissions or consortia are required to provide supporting documentation in the application demonstrating support from the tribe(s) they represent for the specific work proposed.
Total Amount Available:
August 29, 2022
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