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Salmon and Steelhead

Several species of salmon and steelhead are listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) were listed as endangered in 1992, Chinook salmon ((Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) listed in 1992 (two runs of Chinook: spring/summer and fall), and steelhead ((Oncorhynchus mykiss) listed in 1998. All of these species are anadromous, meaning they are seagoing. Salmon and steelhead migrate from Idaho and other Northwest states through the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean. They return to their native rivers and creeks to spawn and continue the cycle.

Many factors are to blame for the decline in salmon and steelhead populations. Some of the leading causes include:

  1. Change to outmigration timing
  2. Lack of access to historic habitat
  3. Habitat loss
  4. Pollution
  5. Harvest
  6. Other out of basin factors

More Information:

Upper Salmon Basin Watershed Program

Staff Contact:

Michael Edmondson

Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund (PCSRF)

Round 20 Request for Project Proposals

The Idaho Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Board is pleased to announce Round 20. Approximately $4 million is available to fund projects benefitting Idaho’s anadromous fish.

Project proposals will be accepted until midnight Friday, February 9, 2018. Email all application components and supporting documents to: OSC will send an email acknowledgment of receipt.

  • Do not send copies to additional OSC email accounts.
  • Submit all components in a single email. If materials are too large to send in a single email, clearly label any additional emails needed in the subject line.
  • Do not submit multiple project proposals in a single email.
  • Only PCSRF Round #20 forms will be accepted, other forms will be returned to sponsors.

Complete proposal submissions will include the components listed below. The project narrative, project budget, and the letter documenting match support must have the same budget numbers. Incomplete proposal packets will be returned to the project sponsor. Project proposals will not be accepted after the due date unless changes are requested by OSC.

Part 1: Application Narrative

Part 2: Worksite Information

Part 2-A: Work type metrics


Monitoring and Evaluation

Habitat Restoration

Part 3: Proposal Budget

Part 4: Submit a signed letter of match from an authorized signatory authority for your agency, copy of the federally negotiated indirect cost agreement (if available), and current Workers’ Compensation Certificate. View the following link for a Letter Of Match Template.

For questions regarding PCSRF Round 20 proposals contact Terry McRoberts.


Sockeye Salmon, Photo: Jeremy Sarrow © California Academy of Sciences


"Jumping Steelhead" CC BY-ND 2.0 Greg Shields on Flickr


"Chinook" CC BY-NC 2.0 Michael Jeffries on Flickr