Strength in Community
Working together to build a future for salmon.
“Salmon need all of us. They need each Washingtonian to feel the joy–and the responsibility–when the fish return in the fall. Together, we can ensure salmon’s future.”
-Rachel Vasak, Board President, Regional Fisheries Coalition
We're Stronger Together
The Regional Fisheries Coalition (RFC) is the unified voice of Washington’s 14 Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups (RFEGs). Working together for more than 30 years, we build community stream-by-stream, and have created a thriving network of salmon advocates across the state.
When the State Legislature acknowledged the importance of salmon education by increasing funding to the agency that oversees K-12 public education, our 14 RFEGs—working together and led by the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group—successfully completed Washington’s first statewide Salmon in Schools program.
Within weeks, we launched a comprehensive Salmon in Schools program that ultimately served 8,720 students at 109 of Washington’s designated high-poverty schools.
This is just one of the many successes our communities have advanced together for salmon over the past year. Please join me in celebrating this new program that brings important conservation education to our elementary school students across the state.
Thank you for your support!
Rachel Vasak, RFC Board President
Making an Impact for 30+ Years
THE REGIONAL FISHERIES COALITION
Our programs are statewide; our priorities are local.
As independent nonprofits, the 14 Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups (RFEGs) are community-driven. We know the rivers in our regions intimately, and we know our communities.
Amplifying salmon abundance:
One community at a time
LCFEG is restoring a river degraded by historic logging practices to improve habitat for salmon and steelhead.
HCSEG partnered with 14 organizations to bring Salmon in the Schools to elementary schools designated as high-poverty across Washington.
Volunteers are working to restore chum salmon to many northern Willapa Bay streams through the use of Remote Site Incubators.
Tracking the survival of trees and shrubs at planting sites, fish presence at in-stream sites, as well as temperature and complete habitat assessment.
funding our work
“Salmon are a critical part of our heritage, culture and environment, and we must do more to protect these endangered species throughout the Pacific Northwest. RFEGs are key to this effort because they empower local communities to engage in environmental stewardship and salmon recovery. I will continue to support their important work and increased resources that will strengthen salmon recovery efforts.”
–Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01)
Matching State & Federal Dollars 1:8
Habitat restoration projects are multi-layered and complex, often requiring several funding sources. State and federal RFEG funds–provided by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the US Fish and Wildlife Service–provide seed money. RFEGs then leverage that funding: for every dollar received we secure an additional $8, greatly amplifying the initial investment.
featured project: implementation funding
Skagit Forks Wetland Restoration
Project reconnects the outlet of Britt Slough through a large wetland complex to the South Fork of the Skagit River, restoring access to critical off-channel habitat for ESA listed Chinook salmon.
Fiscal Year 2022 Funding Sources Included:
$239,000 in feasibility, design and permitting through Salmon Recovery Funding Board
$392,500 in construction through Salmon Recovery Funding Board
$50,000 from Washington Conservation Commission- Conservation Districts
$50,000 from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation -Killer Whale Conservation Fund
$50,000 from the Department of Ecology-Spills Coastal Protection Fund
Total Project Cost: $781,000
Salmon Create Communities;
Communities Help Salmon
For generations, salmon have been at the heart of communities.
Now our communities must partner creatively to help build a future for salmon.
Salmon are an important part of our culture–especially that of Tribal communities. RFEGs are honored to partner with local Tribes, who have stewarded this land since time immemorial, for the health of salmon.
NOSC is partnering with the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, Clallam Conservation District, and Washington Conservation Corps to restore approximately 56-acres of riparian habitat in the Dungeness River floodplain.
Healthy streams are vital for salmon and humans. But our reliance on streams has compromised their integrity. It's now essential that we continue to invest in restoration so we can bring these streams back to health for our salmon.
RFEG: Tri-State Steelheaders
The Mill Creek Fish Passage Project is creating fish passage for a flood control project built by the US Corps of Engineers.
Being community-driven means that we harness the energy and passion of volunteers. With 14 groups around the state, we stay aware of the issues in our communities, and partner strategically to address them.
RFEG: Mid Columbia Fisheries
With support from Mid-Columbia Fisheries, 11 community groups have adopted more than 5 miles of urban streams with an ongoing commitment to improve habitat, monitor stream health, and remove trash.
“Salmon are such an important part of our culture, our economy, and our way of life in Washington. That’s why the work the RFEGs are doing to restore habitat throughout our state is so important. By working with people from across our communities, from tribes to local landowners, RFEGs are building a sustainable commitment to salmon restoration, and I am grateful for their vital role in protecting our iconic salmon runs. The critical federal investments we secured in the bipartisan infrastructure bill are helping bolster salmon populations throughout the Pacific Northwest—funding culvert repairs, the pacific coastal salmon recovery fund, and other important efforts. I will keep pushing to make sure the federal government does its part.”
-Senator Patty Murray
2022 Featured Projects
Click on an RFEG to view this year’s featured project.
Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association
Featured Project: Monitoring - Plants, Fish, Temperature, and Habitat
RFEG: Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association
NSEA monitors the survival of our trees and shrubs at our planting sites, fish presence at instream project sites, temperature at select sites, and complete habitat assessments at instream habitat sites.
Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group
This important Chinook recovery project reconnects the outlet of Britt Slough through a large wetland complex to the South Fork of the Skagit River restoring access to critical off-channel habitat for Skagit Chinook salmon.
North Olympic Salmon Coalition
NOSC is partnering with the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe,Clallam Conservation District, and Washington Conservation Corps to restore approximately 56-acres of riparian habitat in the Dungeness River floodplain.
Pacific Coast Salmon Coalition
Kugel Creek Culvert Replacement Project opened up several miles of high quality spawning and rearing habitat for coho salmon, provided a safer crossing for users of the Olympic Discovery Trail, and provided firewood for local tribal members.
Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group
Chehalis Basin Fisheries Task Force
Featured Project: Middle Fork Wildcat Creek Fish Passage Barrier Correction Project
RFEG: Chehalis Basin Fisheries Task Force
This project will construct 3 fish passage barrier corrections on Middle Fork Wildcat Creek north of McCleary, Washington. This will open access to 4.08 miles of spawning habitat.
Willapa Bay Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group
Lower Columbia Fish Enhancement Group
South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group
Mid Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group
Mid Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group
Sound Salmon Solutions
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Find Your RFEG
Search the RFEGs to find the group nearest you and learn how you can support their efforts. Click through to our RFEG map to locate a group in your community.
Engage With Us
Donate, attend an event, or volunteer with your local RFEG. Your involvement supports our efforts to protect and restore Washington's vital salmon resource.
Help us continue this critical work
Your support is key to our success. Thank you.
RFEG projects support the sustainability of the salmon resource but they do more than that: they build community, create jobs, encourage environmental stewardship, and activate a new generation of salmon advocates. Please show your support by getting involved, donating, or learning more today.