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Bureau of Land Management: Oregon/Washington Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Program


The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Oregon/Washington Aquatic Habitat Management Program conserves and restores riparian, fisheries, and water resources (hereafter referred to as aquatic resources) to provide resource values and ecosystem services necessary to achieve the BLM’s multiple use mandate.

Donor Name: Bureau of Land Management

States: Oregon, Washington

County: All Counties

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 03/30/2022

Size of the Grant: $300,000


The agencies aquatic resources and issues are diverse and include watersheds; riparian-wetland systems; springs, streams, rivers, and groundwater; ponds and lakes; fisheries; water quality; water rights and uses; and aquatic invasive species. These systems also support myriad species of plants, fish, and wildlife; provide ecosystem services such as drinking water, pollination, and nutrient cycling; attenuate wildfires, floods, and drought; and are key to the vitality of local economies and communities. The Program also works to support the thoughtful implementation of other aspects of BLM’s mission (e.g., locatable minerals, fluid minerals, range, forestry recreation, renewable energy), which could either impact aquatic resources or require restoration of such resources to achieve multiple-use and sustained yield management objectives.

The BLM Oregon/Washington Aquatic Habitat Management Program’s priority work includes:

  • Decision Support: Inventory, assess, and monitor aquatic resources to facilitate and inform our understanding of condition and trend and inform BLM management activities, and assess regulatory compliance.
  • Conservation: Maintain and conserve the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of aquatic resources.
  • Restoration: Restore aquatic resources affected by past and present impacts, aquatic invasive species, wildfire, drought, and floods; and increase their resistance and resilience to the impacts of climate change.
  • Sustainability: Identify the quantity and quality of water required to conserve and restore riparian and fisheries resources, and secure water rights and protections so sufficient water is physically and legally available for all public land management purposes.
  • Collaboration: Coordinate, cooperate, and consult with federal, state, tribal, and local governments and other programs, partners, and communities, to foster adaptive approaches to conservation and restoration and implement education and outreach programs.

The BLM Oregon/Washington Aquatic Habitat Management Program continues to advance the Department of the Interior’s priorities to address the climate crisis, restore balance on public lands and waters, advance environmental justice, and invest in a clean energy future. Specific BLM Oregon/Washington Aquatic Habitat Management Program focuses to implement the Department priorities include, but are not limited to those actions that: protect biodiversity; restore aquatic resources; increase resistance, resilience, and adaptability to climate change and help leverage natural climate solutions; contribute to conserving at least 30 percent of our lands and waters by the year 2030; engage communities of color, low income families, and rural and indigenous communities to enhance economic opportunities related to aquatics; and use the best science and data available to make decisions.

The BLM Oregon/Washington Aquatic Habitat Management Program has an opportunity to work with partner organizations to assist with:

  • Contributing to the above-described Program core functions.
  • Combating climate change and habitat loss impacts to aquatic resources.
  • Restoring and connecting degraded aquatic resources.
  • Increasing ecosystem resistance, resilience, and adaptability to drought, wildfires, and floods.
  • Determining acceptable levels of hydrologic and ecological change given BLM management objectives.
  • Advancing inventory, assessment, and monitoring activities and tools.
  • Preventing the establishment and spread of invasive species.
  • Increasing public knowledge of aquatic habitats on BLM managed lands, including with a targeted focus on communities of color, low-income families, and rural and indigenous communities.

Funding Information

  • Estimated Total Funding: $5,000,000
  • Maximum Award: $300,000
  • Minimum Award: $250,000

Eligible Applicants

  • State governments
  • County governments
  • City or township governments
  • Special district governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education

Additional Information on Eligibility

  • Individuals and For-Profit Organizations are ineligible to apply for awards under this NOFO.

This program NOFO does not support entities hiring interns or crews under the Public Lands Corps Act of 1993. The Public Lands Corps Act of 1993, 16 USC, Chapter 37, Subchapter IIPublic Lands Corps, is the only legislative authority that allows BLM to “hire” interns under this authority. Therefore, eligible Youth Conservation Corps may only apply for projects developed under NOFO 15.243 – BLM Youth Conservation Opportunities on Public Lands.

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