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ODFW Fish Screening and Passage Grant Program

  • ODFW’s Fish Passage Program has limited funds for fish passage projects. To request assistance with a fish passage project, please contact your regional field coordinator.

ODFW Notification of Upcoming Fish Screening and Passage Funding Opportunity

Baker Creek Fish Passage Improvement Project Implemented through this program

January 4 , 2023

Salem, Oregon – An allocation of $5 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funds and $4.41 million from an ODFW-ODOT fish passage restoration agreement provides a chance to tackle high priority fish passage and screening projects to help Oregon's native fish. ODFW is accepting applications through January 31, 2023.

Water users, watershed councils, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, tribes and individual users are encouraged to apply. Applicants must document the cooperation and permission from all pertinent landowners and water users.

Please fill out the application form here (doc) to apply. Applications should be sent to Pete Baki at

Additional information on ODFW Grants and ARPA Federal Requirements (pdf)

Applicants are encouraged to discuss potential projects with ODFW prior to submission if there are questions or to review project value and implementation plans.  

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a high priority fish passage or screening project
  • Must have a signed landowner agreement required prior to approval
  • Projects associated with fulfilling mitigation requirements will not be accepted
  • Must identify how passage and screening will be maintained after implementation

Funds are focused on projects that:

  • Support projects described in a Conservation and Recovery Plan
  • Are listed on the ODFW Statewide Fish Passage Priority List:
  • Benefit ESA and State Sensitive listed species
  • Provide access or improved access to a large quantity of high-quality habitat
  • Fish screens must meet current fish screening criteria
  • Provide a timeline, including permit acquisition, that results in project implementation by December 31, 2024

Contact: Pete Baki,, 503-586-9827

Fish Screening Cost-Share Program

Water users may apply for cost share funding and/or a tax credit to assist with the installation of fish screening devices, by-pass devices, and fish ways.  Water users may include:  individual users, irrigation districts, state agencies, municipal suppliers, commercial industries, watershed councils, Soil and Water Conservation Districts and others.  There are a few project types that are ineligible for this program and they include: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) projects operated solely for hydropower generation, projects associated with a water right issued since January 1. 1996, and projects with a Federal agency listed as the applicant.

Water users interested in more information on the cost-share program or to apply for cost share assistance are encouraged to contact the screens coordinator for their area.

To request assistance with a fish passage project, please contact your regional field coordinator.

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