Department of Ecology News Release - May 13, 2014

State awards nearly $4 million in grants to save Puget Sound

OLYMPIA – The Washington Departments of Ecology, in partnership with the Department of Commerce, awarded nearly $4 million in grants to Western Washington communities to help save a troubled Puget Sound.

“Puget Sound is an ecological gem,” said Maia Bellon, Department of Ecology director. “We all need to help protect the Sound, and the watersheds leading to it are an important piece of the puzzle. That’s why these grants to local communities are so vital.”

The grant awards will fund 18 projects in the Puget Sound watershed.  Project work includes developing a climate change adaption plan on the North Olympic Peninsula and salmon habitat restoration in Issaquah and multiple other communities.

Communities where grant funds will be implemented include:

 
  • Friday Harbor
  • Shoreline
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  • Island County
  • Snoqualmie Basin
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  • Issaquah
  • Snohomish & Stillaguamish Basins
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  • King County
  • Tacoma
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  • Kitsap County
  • Thurston County
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  • Nisqually Basin
  • Tukwila
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  • North Olympic Peninsula
  • Shelton
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  • Mason County
  • Whidbey Island
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  • Redmond
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    The grant funding is part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program, which identifies, restores, and protects significant estuaries of the United States. And, the grant program includes partnerships among seven Washington state agencies, including the Puget Sound Partnership, that are focused on taking action to protect Puget Sound.

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    Contacts:

    Camille St. Onge, communication manager, 360-584-6501, @ecologyWA