American Rivers and NOAA Community-Based Restoration Program River Grants

Restoring Rivers: Stream Barrier Removal Grants

Since 2001, American Rivers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Community-based Restoration Program have provided financial and technical assistance for river restoration projects benefiting diadromous fish species in the Northeast (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT), Mid-Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA), Northwest (ID, OR, WA) and California. We are also excited that projects located in the South-Atlantic (FL, GA, NC, SC) are eligible to receive partnership funds from American Rivers. [Diadromous fish migrate between freshwater and saltwater during their life cycle. Examples include alewife, American shad, American eel, salmon, steelhead and shortnose sturgeon.]

For the past ten years, our partnership with the NOAA Restoration Center has provided more than $5.3 million to support over 140 community-driven river restoration projects that have benefited diadromous fish populations and habitats throughout the country.

The American Rivers-NOAA River Grants program funds stream barrier removal projects in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Northwest, South-Atlantic and California. Applications are being evaluated based upon the following priority criteria: (1) ecological merits of the project, (2) technical feasibility of the project, (3) timeliness in completion of funded phase; (4) benefits provided to the local community, and (5) financial clarity and strength of the application.  Grants are provided for three distinct project phases: Construction, Engineering Design and Feasibility Analysis. The maximum award request is $150,000.

Our 2012 grant round has closed. Applicants can expect notification of funding decisions in March 2013, with disbursement of funds likely by May 2013.

Applicants can expect notification about funding decisions in March 2013, with disbursement of funds likely by May 2013.

Click here for more information on the NOAA Community-Based Restoration Program and its partners.

General Questions? Contact:
Serena McClain, American Rivers
1101 14th Street, NW, Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20005
202-347-7550 x3004
[email protected]