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Oregon

Your Power Can Save Salmon

The Salmon Habitat Support Fund has supported 95 freshwater habitat restoration projects in Oregon thus far.

Oregon’s rivers, streams and wetlands are of incalculable importance to salmon and other wildlife, and to people. They water our crops, give us fish to eat, light our homes and bring us joy. But changes in stream and river systems, often caused by activities such as agriculture, ranching, urbanization and timber harvest, can result in loss of critical habitat for salmon — and degraded water quality for all.

The Nature Conservancy is working to solve this complex problem for nature and people. With partners, we're restoring healthy habitats and ecological processes in Oregon rivers, streams and wetlands.

Portland General Electric (PGE) customers are an important piece of the solution.

The Salmon Habitat Support Fund is provided by PGE customers. If you’re a customer, you have the option to donate an additional $2.50 a month when purchasing power from renewable sources such as wind. Administered by the Conservancy, your donation directly supports salmon habitat protection and restoration projects across Oregon. A few facts:

  • Since 2004, the Salmon Habitat Support Fund has supported 95 restoration projects, benefiting over 200 miles of Oregon rivers and streams.
  • Over 8,000 PGE customers currently make monthly donations through their electric bill.
  • Funded projects include spawning habitat repair, fish passage improvement, native vegetation planting and invasive species removal
  • Watershed assessments, ecological analyses and monitoring, and public outreach and education are also supported.

To sign up for the Salmon Habitat Support option, contact PGE.

For more information about projects or fund administration, contact Dan Bell, the Conservancy’s Willamette Basin conservation director, at dbell@tnc.org or (503) 802-8100.

To apply for project funding, download the Project Application and follow the instructions. There are no deadlines, as projects are selected on an ongoing basis.

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