Josh Allen jallen at trinitycounty.org
Fri Apr 4 10:45:58 PDT 2008


American Rivers seeks proposals for river restoration project grants as
part of its partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) Community-based Restoration Program. Program
funding is provided through NOAA's Open Rivers Initiative, which seeks
to enable environmental and economic renewal in local communities
through the removal of stream barriers.

This Partnership funds stream barrier removal projects that help restore
riverine ecosystems, enhance public safety and community resilience, and
have clear and identifiable benefits to diadromous fish populations.
"Diadromous" fish migrate between freshwater and saltwater during their
life cycle. Examples include alewife, American eel, American shad,
blueback herring, salmon, steelhead, shortnose sturgeon and striped
bass. Projects in the Northeast (ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, RI), Mid-Atlantic
(NY, NJ, PA, DE, VA, MD, DC), Northwest (WA, OR, ID), and California are
eligible to apply. Projects located within the St. Lawrence/Great Lakes
Basin are not eligible for funding in the April 2008 grant round.

Eligible applications will be evaluated based upon four priority
criteria: (1) ecological merits of the project, (2) technical
feasibility of the project, (3) benefits provided to the local
community, and (4) financial clarity and strength of the application.

Grants are provided for three distinct project phases: Feasibility
Analysis, Engineering Design and Construction. Average grants are
$25,000 - $50,000. Successful applicants for one project phase will not
be eligible to receive additional funding for that same project phase in
future grant rounds. See the Funding Guidelines for additional details.

Applications are currently being accepted for the second cycle of fiscal
year 2008 with a deadline of April 1, 2008. Applications for projects
must be postmarked by the deadline for consideration in this funding
cycle. Potential applicants should contact American Rivers to discuss
potential projects prior to submitting an application. Applicants can
expect notification about funding decisions in early
June 2008.

Obtain the Application for Financial Assistance and Funding Guidelines
on the American Rivers web site www.americanrivers.org/NOAAGrants
<http://www.americanrivers.org/NOAAGrants> .

If you need additional specifics on this program please contact Serena
S. McClain from American Rivers at rivergrants at americanrivers.org.

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