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WA - $22 Million Being Invested in Helping Rivers and Streams

The Department of Ecology announced up to $22 million will be distributed to 21 high priority projects located in 16 watersheds across the state.

Among these will be $148,500 designated for the Phase I Feasibility Study to address the Quinault Indian Nation TransAlta Water Right Acquisition.

According to DOE, the funding will support projects to increase water storage capacity, improve fish habitat, acquire water rights, and improve water management and infrastructure.

“In Addition To Investing In Our Communities And Economies, These Grants Show That Improving Stream flows Benefits Everyone In Washington,” Said Laura Watson, Ecology’s Director. “These Investments Will Help Our Threatened Salmon, And Ensure That Rural Communities Have Access To The Water They Need.”

Ecology received 63 competitive applications from across the state.

All applications went through a fair and rigorous review process and meet criteria outlined by the law and by Ecology.

This is the second round of the 15-year program. The final funding amount dispersed for these grants will be determined following approvals of project plans.

Some other projects selected for funding include:

  •      Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation – $1 million to boost streamflows and aid the recovery of endangered fish after wildfires in the Okanogan and Methow river subbasins.
  •      Spokane County – $1.2 million to restore wetlands, store water, and recharge groundwater to improve and enhance streamflows.
  •      City of Tacoma – Approximately $380,000 to conduct a feasibility study that will improve urban streamflows and restore wetland habitat.

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