Northwest NEWS

April 22, 2002

Features

Salmon recovery projects receive grants

The Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) last week awarded seven grants totaling $2.8 million for salmon habitat projects in King County.
   "These grants allow us to continue the work we have been doing for more than a decade," said County Executive Ron Sims. "We are taking the most important steps in the preservation of salmon and our environment - preserving the precious habitat that still exists and restoring habitat in those cases where the science clearly indicates the benefits of doing so."
   King County partnered with more than 40 cities, as well as business, environmental and citizen interests, scientists, Snohomish County, and water and sewer districts to sponsor the projects and submit them to the state board.
   The Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board grants were awarded following an evaluation that ranked projects from all over Washington State. The funding was awarded to projects that ranked highest in terms of benefit to salmon, certainty for success, and community support. The Washington Legislature established the Salmon Recovery Funding Board to assist in the investment of state and federal funds for salmon recovery.
   In King County watersheds, projects funded include:
   Snoqualmie River: Acquisition of 52 acres and a conservation easement on another 47 acres for habitat restoration by King County ($341,000).
   Bear Creek: Acquisition of 5.6 acres of underdeveloped forest land in the Cold Creek Natural Area by King County ($289,000).
   For more information on salmon habitat conservation in the watersheds:
   Snoqualmie Watershed: http://dnr.metrokc.gov/wlr/watersheds/sky-snoq/0106SalmonRest.htm or call (206) 205-8309.
   Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed: http://dnr.metrokc.gov/wrias/8/index.htm or call (206) 296-8043.