The Pelton Round Butte Fund was set up to protect and enhance habitat for Deschutes River fish passage. Grants totaling $21.5 million will be awarded through the year 2020 for water rights and habitat improvements where salmon and steelhead will migrate, spawn and rear.
Conservation organizations and landholders will receive funds for projects such as removing culverts, stabilizing stream banks, restoring channels and conserving water. To date, more than $10 million has been awarded for dozens of projects. Another $6 million will be distributed in 2013.
To learn more, see this Pelton Round Butte Fund presentation (PDF).
The Pelton Round Butte Fund implementation plan (PDF) created two components, a General Fund and a Water Rights Fund.
Since 2006, 28 projects have been funded. See a map of projects. (PDF) The application period for 2013 funding begins Feb.19. Applications must be received by May 17.
General Fund application process
Follow these instructions to apply for the General Fund.
Review these materials:
Complete these forms:
Bring your draft application forms to this workshop:
PRB Fund workshop
4:45 p.m. Monday, March 11
Inn at Cross Keys Station, Madras
Questions? Email us.
Water Rights Fund
The Water Rights Fund will be used to acquire or lease instream water rights or participate in water conservation projects that benefit aquatic habitat. PGE and the Tribes can partner with established conservation organizations in developing, funding or implementing these projects. PGE and the Tribes will actively pursue opportunities for increasing instream flows. To learn more about the Water Rights Fund, see that portion of the settlement agreement (PDF).
If you’re interested in pursuing a project through the Water Rights Fund, contact PGE Hydro Licensing Director Julie Keil by email or call 503-464-8864.