The Willapa Bay Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group is dedicated to the restoration of salmon habitat and salmon species survival throughout Washington State’s Pacific County.
Where have all the salmon gone?
Since the 1950’s, the county's salmon runs have dramatically declined or disappeared completely from many streams in the area, primarily because of poor habitat, harvest levels and hatchery management, and strategic planning errors.
In addition, chum salmon populations, which are so critical to the overall health of other salmon species, are severely threatened.
Elk Creek before restoration
How we restore salmon habitat
We select stream sites in Pacific County that supported salmon runs in the past, and restore the habitat to make these runs viable again.
Our restoration work combines construction projects that enhance salmon habitat with salmon seeding (introduction of eggs, smolt, and fry) and nutrient enhancement to help young salmon thrive.
Elk Creek after restoration
Why fund our projects?
We have over 24 years of success in restoring salmon habitat in Pacific County. Many of our funding sources come back, because they know they can depend on us to deliver the desired results.
- We have completed all our projects on-time and within budget.
- Our administrative costs are low (about 4%).
- We fund the preliminary investigations ourselves to ensure that the project will benefit salmon and will be cost effective.
- Your donation only goes to supporting our on-the-ground budget.
- Once restoration is complete, we hire an independent consultant to monitor the site for 3 years and we provide the results to our donors annually.