Yakama Nation gets over $400K for 3 fish recovery projects

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A Native American tribe in Washington state has received a state grant to fund recovery projects aimed at improving the conditions of threatened steelhead trout species in the region.

The Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board has awarded $414,000 to the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation for three habitat restoration projects, Yakima Herald-Republic reported Wednesday.

The projects include adding logs in the waterways to give fish a place to rest, feed and hide from predators, board officials said. There are also plans to plant native trees and shrub whose shade would cool the water and whose roots would stop soil from entering the water, officials said.

City growth has destroyed many of the places salmon used to live and has contributed to declining steelhead populations, officials said.

The fish are part of the Yakama Nation’s cultural history, tribal officials said.

Project funding was part of $26.1 million awarded by the board in December to county-based projects led by watershed-based groups including tribes, local governments, organizations and citizens, officials said.

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