Southwest Washington Conservation Programs

Brian Abbott Fish Barrier Removal Board (FBRB)

Program level:


Land use:

Agriculture, Forest


Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Benefits provided: 

Financial, free technical assistance

Water-focused program: 


Identify and remove impediments to salmon and steelhead migration



The FBRB evaluates fish passage projects and submits a priority project list to the Governor's Office and the Legislature for funding consideration. The FBRB is administered jointly by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office. Restoration (construction) includes activities that provide or improve fish migration upstream and downstream of road crossings, dams, and other in-stream barriers. Passage projects may include replacing barrier culverts with fish passable culverts or bridges, removing barriers (small dams, logjams), or constructing fishways. May include final design and permitting activities.


Requires 15% match if project is restoration or if project costs greater than $200,000. Planning has no 15% match requirement.

Financial benefit: 

Dependent upon project.

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Information last updated on December 1, 2020.

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