(Washington D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that she included $80 million for the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund (PCSRF) in the Fiscal Year 2011 Senate Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Appropriations Bill that was approved by the CJS Subcommittee. The funds will be used to support state, local, and tribal programs that help improve salmon habitats and restore the salmon population to healthy, harvestable levels.

“In Washington state, investing in a sustainable salmon population is incredibly important. It’s important to the economic, historic, cultural, and recreational identity of our state,” said Senator Murray. “This funding will continue to support projects that boost our local economies, create good paying jobs, and restore and protect salmon habitats.”

Last year, Senator Murray led a successful bi-partisan effort with Senator Cantwell and 28 Senators and Representatives to save the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Program from potentially devastating cuts after the Administration proposed eliminating it in their original budget request.

The Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund (PCSRF) helps restore endangered and listed stocks of Pacific salmon through the improvement and expansion of salmon habitats. It also supplements existing state, tribal and local programs that foster partnerships in salmon and steelhead recovery and conservation. The PCSRF generates hundreds of jobs in Washington state, and every dollar of federal funding has resulted in two dollars being leveraged in local communities. 

In Washington state, the PCSRF works through of the Salmon Recovery Funding Board, which has provided over 900 competitive grants to Washington state projects since 2000.