The following proposal is made to stimulate discussion within and among Regional Boards and Lead Entity
Groups. It is a proposal for taking immediate, but measured steps. It suggests moving forward with a 7 th
Round, making some progress towards Regional coordination, but also giving Lead Entities and Regional
Recovery Organizations more time to work on the issues, institutional structures and relationships that are
unique to each Region.
SRFB 7th Round Process Proposal
Principles for the Future:
Increase Certainty of the process and timeline for Lead Entities and their participants.
Move towards Implementing Regional Recovery Plans where they exist, and Lead Entity Strategies where
they don’t exist.
Remove Inefficiency and Improve Effectiveness of the SRFB technical review process.
These Principles lead to:
Having a new 2006 (7th) round on the same timeline as the last round.
This would provide continuity to project sponsors, maintain momentum to all those citizens that are
involved in the process, and reassure state and federal legislators about our commitment to salmon
recovery by putting the funding to work now. It would also help avoid the possibility of having funds
rescinded if they are left unspent for too long.
Moving towards funding by regional area.
The SRFB should set regional funding targets for each regional area. This could be done using
average historical funding amounts as a starting point.
The SRFB should allow each region and its Lead Entities to figure out how to allocate funds among
the projects within that region. Each region could submit one project list, or multiple lists, as long as
the total amount requested from the SRFB did not exceed that region’s funding target.
Focusing the technical review process. The current SRFB review process consists of 3 types of reviews:
“project of concern” reviews; project list fit to Habitat Strategy or Regional Plan; and Habitat
Strategy/Regional Recovery Plan quality.
The SRFB should continue its “project of concern” reviews to satisfy its requirement for
In areas with adopted, or soon-to-be-adopted, Regional Recovery Plans, Regional Review Panels could
be created by combining federal TRTs, state scientists, and local technical groups. One review panel
could be formed for each region. These regional review panels could review the fit of project list(s) to
the Regional Recovery Plan or Habitat Strategy and provide its comments to the SRFB.
As the various Regional Recovery Plans are adopted by NMFS, and used by Lead Entities and Regions
to develop project lists, they will not need further SRFB review for quality.