The 22nd annual Umpqua Fishery Enhancement Derby Steering Committee recently awarded a record $91,500 to fishery enhancement, restoration and educational projects in the Umpqua River basin.
This investment in 17 local projects is in addition to $14,500 already contributed to THE FISH of Roseburg in support of the FISH4Kids project, which provided protein in the form of canned fish to families in Douglas County.
The derby has now contributed over $1.15 million in matching funds toward more than 375 projects in the Umpqua Basin over the past 22 years.
Following are the projects and organizations that received funds from the 2014 derby.
• Tenmile Creek livestock crossing, Camp Creek instream restoration, riparian area improvement projects, Rocking C Ranch culvert replacement and Partnership for the Umpqua Rivers 2014-15 school project support, all under the supervision of the Partnership for the Umpqua Rivers;
• Elk Creek instream restoration, Cow Creek Umpqua Tribe;
• Rock-ED “Hands On” educational kits, BLM/Joe Merchep Umpqua River Foundation;
• Lookingglass watershed project, Douglas Soil & Water Conservation District;
• Fall Chinook hatchery repairs, fish-rearing monitoring equipment and water quality monitoring equipment, Gardiner-Reedsport-Winchester Bay STEP;
• Rock Creek Hatchery raceway rebuild, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife;
• South Umpqua Falls fishway, South Umpqua Rural Community Partnership;
• Benthic macroinvertebrates education program and native plants for riparian restoration, Umpqua Soil & Water Conservation District;
• Canyon Creek Acclimation Site equipment and winter steelhead acclimation project, Umpqua Fishermen’s Association.