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Dec. 1, 2017 Ecology to fund almost $450,000 in water quality improvement projects

Environmental restoration grants reach across state

Ecology to fund almost $450,000 in water quality improvement projects


Environmental restoration grants reach across state

 

OLYMPIA – More than a dozen locally-sponsored water quality improvement and environmental enhancement projects across Washington will receive up to $50,000 in state grant funding to benefit state residents.

The Department of Ecology is awarding nearly $450,000 to fund 14 different projects: Six are located in eastern Washington, five in western Washington and another three are considered to be of statewide significance that will significantly improve the natural environment in multiple watersheds.

 

A detailed list of the grant awards is available online

 

During the current fiscal year – July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018 – the grants will pay for a variety of projects such as installing livestock fencing to keep animals out of critical streams, replacing invasive plants with native vegetation in important floodplains and wetlands, and placing woody debris in streams and rivers to recreate salmon habitat.

 

The grants are funded through Ecology’s Terry Husseman Account designed to help local governments, conservation and port districts, tribal governments, fisheries enhancement groups, and other state agencies pay for a variety of environmental projects.

 

The Terry Husseman Account is funded by payments from penalties the department issues for violations of the state Water Pollution Control Act. The account is named after long-time Ecology deputy director Terry Husseman who died in 1998 and honors contributions in the field of environmental management.

 

Ecology evaluated 27 different project submittals worth about $945,000. The department weighed each proposal’s expected environmental benefits, local support and involvement, cost effectiveness, and readiness of the project to proceed and be completed on time and on budget.


Contacts:

Curt Hart, communications, 360-407-6944 @ecologyWA

Amy Krause, grants coordinator, 360-407-7107